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In the Press: AutismBC’s Advocacy on MCFD Funding Changes

Nov 16th, 2021

AutismBC has been in the news recently for our advocacy work regarding the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s announced changes to the Children and Youth with Support Needs funding framework. See below for our interviews and quotes.


October 27, 2021—AutismBC board president Kaye Banez spoke to Global regarding MCFD’s initial announcement. “Learning the individualized funding will be phased out is very concerning for many families. These families have established the support their families need through the stability of the individual funding. The children are striving with customized support.”

Read: B.C. set to end direct funding for children with autism by 2025, moving to overall hub model | Global News


October 27, 2021—Banez says the needs-based model raises questions around who determines what those needs are and expressed concerns about the province having adequate levels of service providers.

Read: Advocates raise concerns as B.C. moves to new support model for children with disabilities | Peace Arch News


October 28, 2021—Kaye Banez expresses concerns about the province’s decision to move the Children and Youth with Support Needs framework to a centralized hub model.

Watch: B.C. government releases new support model for neurodiverse children| Global News


November 4, 2021—Kaye Banez: “We have parents who have put together supports for their children through this funding, and are very concerned about what these hubs will provide and whether it will be the same providers and services.”

Read: Concern and outrage after changes to BC’s autism funding system | Daily Hive News


November 10, 2021—Kaye Banez’ responds to information sessions with the ministry. “There is no faith that this new framework is actually going to work because there has been no transparency or consultation that has happened prior and we don’t see it happening now… How can we have faith in this ministry when we’ve been shut out?”

Read: ‘No faith’: B.C. autism community says they can’t support funding changes without consultation | The Free Press


February 10, 2022—“In a recent analysis of previous research, Dr. Pat Mirenda, Professor Emeritus from the University of British Columbia identified shortcomings in these assessment tools.”

Read: Proposed changes to BC autism funding under fire in recent analysis | CKPG Today


February 11, 18, 2022— Kaye Banez, AutismBC’s Board President, services providers and other parents from different disability communities speak about MCFD’s proposed Family Connections Centres and funding changes in this documentary by 新時代電視 Fairchild Television

Part 1

Part 2

February 22, 2022—
“Autism BC is disappointed by the lack of new provincial investment in urgent services for neurodivergent and disabled children and youth ‘left out’ of current programs. We remain deeply concerned about how the BC NDP will fund and operate its new needs-based system,” Julia Boyle wrote.

Read: B.C. budget does little to reassure concerned families of kids with autism: advocates | CityNews

Read our other articles on this topic:

MCFD’s Autism Funding Changes and Family Hubs: What you need to know and what you can do

Our Open letter to Minister Mitzi Dean

Open Letter to Minister Dean | Post-Meeting



AutismBC rejects MCFD’s information sessions and survey for community members

34 Disability Organizations write to MCFD

Our Collective Response to MCFD’s Autism Funding Change Announcement


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