The Ministry of Children and Youth Services, in partnership with Autism Ontario, invites you to attend an interactive online engagement session about the recent changes to autism services. These online engagement sessions have been developed to provide you with information and respond to your questions. Please click here for more information.
The Province of Ontario is investing an additional $333 million to expand autism services provincially over the next five years to meet the needs of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
The changes being implemented in Northeastern Ontario and across Ontario include:
- The new Ontario Autism Program will make it easier for families across the province to access services for their children by reducing wait times, providing more flexible services based on children’s needs, and serving more children and youth. It will also help children receive Intensive Behavior Therapy (IBI) services during the key early developmental years. Research has shown that early access to IBI can have a significant impact on a child’s development between two and four years old.
- Children five years old and older will be transitioned from the IBI waitlist to the ABA waitlist and supported with one-time funding during that transition phase. The funding can be used to purchase eligible community services and supports during the transition.
- The new, more flexible program will align ABA and IBI Autism Services to create a seamless flow of service from one approach to another as best meets the child’s needs.
Within the Northeast Region, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is the IBI program provider/lead agency and One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre is the ABA program provider/lead agency. Families affected by these changes from across the Northeast are being individually notified of these changes and how it will affect their children on the IBI/ABA waitlists.