A Fredericton mother was heard on CBC info am a short while ago, once again expressing her opinion that overall the new NB Autism intervention policy is good. She basically stated that 20 hours of treatment should mean 20 hours of treatment. Everybody agrees with that statement. Unfortunately the problem with the new policy isn't the 20 hour accountability policy. The underlying problem is the lack of anything in the policy to provide for properly trained personnel to provide the 20 hours in agencies around the PNB. Without proper training the treatment quality will diminish substantially and may even be counter productive.
The other problem with the policy is the lack of notice that was given to the agencies some of whom have indicated it will be very difficult and perhaps impossible to meet the new standards. Some agency employees have stated publicly that they will probably not be able to continue. The impact if agencies can't deliver under these conditions will be felt by children with autism disorders.
A parent has already commented on this blog that their child's appointment for intervention assessment has been postponed as a result of the changes and lack of notice. Everyone agrees that 20 hours should mean 20 hours but it will not be done by ignoring training requirements OR proper notice requirements for adjustments to be made.