My son, Quinn was a crown ward when I adopted him in 2009 at the age of 9. Soon after we became a family we learned he has Autism. Quinn’s journey with our independent facilitator started only a few months ago. Already we have benefited with goal setting and assistance submitting Quinn’s application to Humber College’s CICE program.
The investment in independent facilitation provides quality of life to the individuals and families served and value to the people of Ontario by preventing homelessness and the costly reliance on medical and mental health resources. This is an area I believe cuts will result in far greater costs immediately and for many decades ahead.
I’m proud of Quinn and his accomplishments and I worry about the future he will face alone when I’m gone. It will be detrimental to Quinn reaching his full potential and becoming a contributing member of society if the funding for independent facilitation is not renewed.