The new Ontario Autism Program (OAP) will ensure autism services for children and youth are delivered consistently across the province, allow for flexibility and choice based on each child’s needs, and give families confidence in receiving quality services.
On June 26, families will begin to transition into the new OAP. The key components of the new program, beginning this month, include:
The government is committed to ensuring families are supported through a smooth and seamless transition as they enter the new OAP. 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. Children and youth with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder from a qualified professional will be eligible for the OAP up until the age of 18.
The province has worked closely with families, caregivers, advocates, clinicians and providers to build the new OAP, and will continue to engage with key stakeholders, including the OAP Advisory Committee, on the design and implementation of the new program. The new OAP will be fully in place by spring 2018.
Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Hands) and One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre (One Kids Place) provide autism services for children and youth across North Eastern Ontario. Hands and One Kids Place are strong community partners, committed to working towards providing more integrated autism services for children, youth and families. Both organizations will continue to provide complementary services in the best interest of individuals and families in our communities.
Hands and One Kids Place will ensure families reach the right door every time, regardless of which organization receives the call, through improved information sharing. Beginning June 2017, one call to either organization will give families across North Eastern Ontario access to one waitlist and a simple, integrated service experience, as part of the first phase of the Ontario Autism Program.
John Waller, Program Manager – Ontario Autism Program
Ontario Autism Program for North Eastern Ontario
705-789-9985 ext. 5820 or 1-866-626-9100