Dear parents and guardians,
Last month, the Ontario government announced changes to the Ontario Autism Program. The changes will affect services that children are currently receiving and the way future services will be accessed starting April 1, 2019.
We appreciate that these changes have caused concern for our families. Since the announcement, we’ve been working toward the smoothest transition possible into the new program for you and your child or children. We will be here to continue to provide high-quality care, provide support and continue to engage you as a family, now and after April 1. Under the new program, you will be able to apply for a yearly Childhood Budget which you can use to purchase the services you value most, from the provider of your choice. We’d like to hear
what services you value most for your child or children.
Here are a few ways you can let us know:
You can find information about the program changes on the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services’ website www.ontario.ca/autism
Tip sheets are brief summaries of information that can be provided to help families understand a variety of themes that are relevant to their child/youth’s development or Family Service Plan. Tip sheets that are available for distribution are:
John Waller, Program Manager – Ontario Autism Program
Ontario Autism Program for North Eastern Ontario
705-789-9985 ext. 5820 or 1-866-626-9100