Autism Rally Scheduled for Tuesday in Woodstock

A mother from Woodstock is organizing an autism rally next week in front of local MPP Ernie Hardeman's office. 

WOODSTOCK - A mother from Woodstock is organizing an autism rally next week in front of local MPP Ernie Hardeman's office. 

The event comes after the Ontario Autism Program Plan was released six months ago.

Organizer Shawna Buck says since the announcement was made, there have been no changes yet.

"We want to let the government know this is an urgent matter for our children and this is taking way too long, and families are being left in limbo and it's not okay."

Buck has a nine year-old son who has classified level 1 and level 2 autism and she says he has been on the waiting list in February 2016. She adds he has not received any funding or therapy.

"My son from age 2 to age 9 he has received no services for autism. Therapy is crucial for him for self regulation and social interaction as he grows. These are skills he needs for everyday as he grows and becomes an adult." 

A rally was previously held in February this year after the provincial government's announcement on the Autism Program Plan.

She is hoping this rally aims to raise more awareness surrounding autism.

"Last time we had about 20 people locally for our rally, whether it was therapists families themselves, kids, everybody was out there. We had our local riding NDP Matthew Chambers, he was out there as well and we are hoping for the same number of people or more, hopefully more."

The rally will be on August 6th outside of the MPP office. It will go from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

To learn more information on the upcoming event, you can head to their Facebook page here.

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