A group of parents of children on the autism spectrum say they’re ready to take legal action against the government of Quebec and its school boards, because they say the system is discriminating against their children.
They say the government’s lack of services and long waiting lists force them to seek private care.
Desperate to access services, parents like Sam Kuhn have resorted to crowdfunding to pay for the therapy his seven year-old daughter Charlotte needs.
Kuhn even protested in front of Quebec’s Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois in an effort to access the services his daughter needs.
At a press conference on Sunday, parents were at wit’s end and left with no other choice but to take legal action.
They now plan to file multiple civil rights complaints to the Commission of Human Rights.
The Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR) believes the province’s failure to provide proper services and education is a clear display of discrimination based on disability — and that violates children’s rights.
Together, the parents and the centre are also looking to launch a class action lawsuit against school boards.
A spokesperson for public health minister Lucie Charlebois told Global News the government is aware of the increasing needs of the autism community. And that’s why the province is investing $29 million a year into its 2017-2022 autism action plan.