“I’d like to see a focus on inclusion”: Parents respond to the new plans for autism policy in Ontario

Ontario

There are tens of thousands of families across Ontario who never accessed the former Liberal government’s autism funding (OAP) even though they would have benefited greatly from financial assistance. There are three big reasons for this:

  1. Lack of funding for diagnostic services in the old plan (OAP);
  2. Huge waitlists for services under the OAP; and
  3. Only one type of service–an outmoded one—was available under the OAP.

Now we have a new government that has promised to start fixing these barriers to service. The Progressive Conservatives’ new plan:

  1. Doubles the number of diagnostic services available;
  2. Cuts the waitlist and serves an additional 23,000 families, focusing on families earning less than $55,000, who were underserved by the former plan;
  3. Allows families a choice of service providers, not just ABA.

We wanted to get a sense of how parents are feeling, so we spoke to some of the parents who reached out to…

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Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
(Matthew 19:26, NIV)

You Are A Champion!
Conquerors don’t give up when they lose ground. They march forward with confidence knowing that they will claim victory. It should be the same with us in our daily lives. The Bible says you don’t have to worry—you are an overcomer in Christ! When worry comes against us, we can choose not to dwell on those negative thoughts. Like changing TV channels, you can change the channel in your mind from thoughts of defeat to thoughts of victory. Instead of dreading what could go wrong, meditate on God’s promises. Declare His word, “I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus.” The Holy Spirit lives in you and is fighting your spiritual battles for you. As soon as you pray, the tide of the battle begins to turn! That’s why the Scriptures say over and over again that you can overcome anything. You can claim victory through Him today!

A Prayer for Today
“God, thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who is fighting my battles for me. Give me the faith to hold on to Your promises and claim victory in Your Name. Instead of worrying, I will be calm and victorious in You!”

It is Written! By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: http://hourofpower.org/it-is-written/

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

– 1 Corinthians 10:13

We’ve been learning a lot about Satan’s attack on our lives and how he seeks to tempt our minds with three opening moves. Today, I want to show you how he attacked Jesus in the same manner.

When you grow weary of living in a society that constantly fights to make you discontent, remember that Jesus faced the very same temptations. After the devil led Him into the wilderness, he first sought to persuade Him to turn a stone into bread (that was especially alluring since He had been fasting for 40 days). This was Satan’s appeal to the lust of His flesh, but He responded with, “It is written…!” When appealing to His flesh didn’t work, the adversary attempted to get Him to jump off of a pinnacle and let the angels come catch Him. Had that happened, the world would have seen His magnificence and given His amazing feat a standing ovation — the lust of the eyes. Appealing as it may have been to be seen as so spectacular, Jesus again responded with, “It is written…!” In a final attempt to get Him to compromise, the devil offered to give Him all the Kingdoms of the world if only He would bow down and worship him, even just one time; talk about the pride of life! However, once more, Jesus replied with, “It is written…!”

Friend, remember that Satan never disagreed with the Lord when He responded to temptation by saying, “It is written…!” In fact, there was no way he could argue with that. You see, even the devil knows that God has the final authority and that His Word is the source of righteousness and power. When Jesus’ truth is planted in your heart, there is no debate, no matter how appealing the temptation is! In Christ, your spirit knows what is right and wrong, even though a shortcut may look appealing. As you trust His Father’s heart and stand on the unshakable authority of His Word, there is no temptation that can overcome you! Isn’t that comforting news?

Prayer
Jesus, thank you for delivering me from temptation through the power of your Word.

Reflection
What temptation do you need to speak “It is written!” to today? Which of God’s promises will you claim?