Autism Lawsuit Appeal Will not be Heard

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The Supreme Court in Canada has refused to hear an appeal relating to an autism lawsuit filed by a number of parents, according to recent reports. The parents have tried to sue the province and five school boards in Ontario over failure to provide specialised therapies for their autistic children.

The five families that have tried to sue have said that they province and school boards are discriminating against their children by refusing to provide the expensive therapies. They have said that children with other disabilities receive therapies alongside their education through public funding.

After the decision on the appeal was announced, one parent whose twelve year old son has autism stated: “Obviously, the court’s decision today was a letdown for us.” She added: “For almost a decade now, families of children with autism have continued to face an impossible choice between prohibitively expensive private autism programs and an unresponsive public school system.”

The families are due to meet up with lawyers over the next few days to decide where they should go next with regards to the lawsuit. No reason has been given with regards to the decision taken by the Supreme Court.

 

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