Ontario Autism Program

Ontario Autism Program   

  • Services are offered in Simcoe County and York Region
  • Hours of service are Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30

Goal:

The new Ontario Autism Program helps ensure autism services for children and youth are delivered consistently across the province. It allows for flexibility and choice based on each child’s needs, and gives families confidence in receiving quality services. Children and youth with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder from a qualified professional are eligible for the program up until the age of 18.   

 Services Provided:

  • A single point of access. There is one access point to the OAP in each of the nine service areas to make it easier for families to access services for their child.
  • Family-centred decision making. As key partners in their child’s care, families are actively engaged in the assessment, goal-setting and intervention planning process for their child.
  • Collaborative approach to service. A foundation of the new OAP is the collaborative approach taken by community support service providers, clinicians and educators to support children’s needs at home, during service and in school.
  • Service based on need. Services are flexible and individualized. The intensity and duration of the services a child or youth receives is based on their needs and strengths, regardless of age. Each child’s service plan will be determined by clinical assessment.
  • A direct funding option. A new direct funding option provides all families with a choice between receiving direct service or receiving funding to purchase their child’s service.
  • Safe, effective autism services. The province will regulate ABA practitioners to help ensure families receive safe, high-quality services, have confidence in their providers and know where to go if they have a concern.

Information:

  • Transition planning within the new program will be individualized, planned in advance and will be achieved in partnership with each child’s family, OAP professionals and service providers.

Referrals:

Families may self-refer or be referred.

For more information about the program please visit: Ontario.ca/autism

For more information about the referral process please call 1-888-454-6275. This is the Single Point of Access for the program and is managed through Kinark Child and Family Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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