Long wait times in P.E.I. for the diagnosis of autism, up to two years, are leaving parents in a “state of panic,” said a protester at the legislature Thursday.
The government is working on a strategy for dealing with autism, but the protesters complained it is taking too long and there has been a lack of consultation. In the meantime, delays for diagnosis and assessment of what treatment is required are causing serious problems for families, they said.
“We wanted to make the public aware that this is what’s going on and we need help,” said Tammy McQuaid, who has a three-year-old daughter with autism.
“Kids just can’t wait that long, and parents are in a state of panic, they have no direction to where to go.”