The award winning documentary, Benchmarked, is now available on line.
Produced in 2009, the film follows OAC co-founders Bruce and Laura McIntosh and documents the challenges they face raising a son with autism in Ontario. The film also features the story of Paul Certetti, a Hamilton single father struggling to keep IBI services for his daughter, Delanie.
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Since the film was made, both Delanie and her twin sister have lost their IBI funding. After losing his heroic court battle against the government, Paul has now founded the Autism Assistance Program, which provides IBI for families who are either waiting for or who have been denied funding. He’s put together a fantastic team of volunteer therapists from McMaster University in Hamilton, and now that both of his daughters are getting the help they need, he’s doing all he can to help others.
Bruce and Laura’s son, Clifford, lost his funding in the fall of 2009. He quickly regressed, and soon exhibited aggressive and violent behaviours. Bruce and Laura soon realized that there are no emergency services for an aggressive autistic youth who is in meltdown, and found themselves turned away from several different hospitals in the GTA. Cliff spent two weeks in a children’s mental health unit in the spring of 2010, but the staff in that unit had no experience with autism and quickly found themselves overwhelmed. Bruce & Laura re-financed their mortgage to pay for private IBI in the summer of 2010 and Cliff started at a new school. The school was clearly un-prepared to deal with a child like Cliff, and soon he found himself excluded from attending. When he returned, he was isolated, segregated from all other children and attended only for part days. After months of struggle, Bruce & Laura have finally found a full-day program offered in a public school that meets their son’s needs. They are now preparing to re-join the fight for other families, and are busy planning their strategy for this fall’s provincial election.