A new report by a B.C. autism group says families dealing with the disorder don’t have confidence the government can do a better job of providing services than non-profit groups.
Autism Community Training has been at the forefront of providing support for families with someone on the spectrum, but that ends in July when the Ministry of Children and Family Development will take over the role.
The report finds just nine per cent of families support that move.
ACT Executive Director Deborah Pugh says that’s because despite asking for clarification for the last four months, families don’t know what’s coming down the pipe.
“At the end of February we actually presented the preliminary report to Minister (Stephanie) Cadieux from the survey, the response was really non-committal, that they didn’t seem to be that concerned.”
She says what the survey tells her is that the MCFD needs to communicate what they’ll be offering.
“ACT can’t do that for MCFD, we actually don’t have a full understanding of what they have in mind in detail,” she says.
“That is really the role of government: to communicate with the people that they wish to provide the service to.”
Pugh says the survey was completed by an independent research company.
The MCFD did not make the minister available for questions, instead issuing an emailed statement saying it has appreciated ACT’s work over the last seven years.