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The provincial government has launched a five-year plan to support Manitobans of all ages that are affected by autism spectrum disorders.
The plan, called "Thrive!", will begin with $1 million that will go mainly toward providing preschoolers with a treatment called applied behaviour analysis and toward outreach services in rural and northern Manitoba. A smaller amount of funding will hire experts for behaviroual consultation for children who complete the applied behaviour analysis and create a meeting program between parents of autistic children to share knowledge.
Currently there are long wait lists for the applied behaviour analysis program, which the new funding hopes to eliminate.
The $1 million is only the tip of the iceberg, funding four out of the 40 programs in which the Thrive! plan hopes to invest.
One of its main aims is to provide support to adults with autism, since the bulk of funding goes currently to children.
Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh, who made the announcement along with Education Minister Nancy Allan, could not say how much Thrive will cost in the long run.