Familes struggle to help adult children and sibblings with autism spectrum disorders
The health ministry doesn’t see him as a mental health problem, the ministry of community and social services says he is too intelligent to receive its services. But both need to take responsibility, Rampton notes.
If this man ends up in jail, he will cost taxpayers much more, he warns.
“There has got to be somebody who manages people who fall through the cracks,” he says.
The provincial Ombudsman can advocate for these people and raise red flags as it did in its annual report last year, but Rampton says the problem needs more than advocacy. It needs service.
In 2008, Autism Ontario released Forgotten, a report calling for a provincial strategy to deal with adults with Autism and Asperger's.
Four years later, families like this woman's -- and many others -- are still waiting.