Ontario Autism Consultations


Ontario Autism Consultations – Now Open

Ontario’s government is engaging in a month-long series of public consultations on how children and youth with autism, including those with complex needs, can be better supported. This is the largest consultation on autism in the history of the province.

The advice collected through the consultations will be invaluable in helping assess how we can reduce barriers for children with autism, while also looking specifically at enhancements to the Ontario Autism Program.

Families are encouraged to participate in the consultations during the month of May by participating in an online survey and/or through participating in telephone town hall sessions. Those who participate in the consultations will be asked to provide their insight on:

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How to Participate

There are several ways to participate in the public consultations:

Telephone Town Hall

You can participate in one of our telephone town halls. These phone-based public forums will be hosted by a professional, non-partisan moderator and run for one hour. They will be broken up into segments where the key themes of the consultation will be a focus of discussion.

To register for a telephone town hall, please select a scheduled date from the list below. You will then be taken to a registration page on the Eventbrite site. To register you only need to provide your name, telephone number and email address. After you have registered you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you have provided.

REGISTER FOR TELEPHONE TOWN HALL SESSION

May 22
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
In French

Register

May 28
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Register



On the day of the telephone town hall that you have registered for, please ensure you are available five minutes prior to the start time. We will call you at the phone number you provided through registration. At the scheduled start time, the moderator will begin the session.

If you wish to speak during the consultation session, follow the instructions of the moderator. Your call will be directed to an operator who will ask what you would like to speak about and you will be placed in the queue. Based on the number of people who want to speak, we may not be able to get to all callers in the queue.

We want to get to as many people to speak as possible. So, if you are asked to speak we ask that you maintain a focus on the topic and try to keep comments to around 30 seconds.

Staff from the Ministries of Children, Community and Social Services, Education and Health and Long-Term Care will be listening in closely during the sessions. However, they will not be answering questions or responding as part of the town hall. They will be present just to listen. All comments made during the telephone town halls will be documented and used to help inform the larger consultation.

Deaf callers may participate using Canada Video Relay Service (VRS). If you are unfamiliar with Canada VRS, participants can visit their site to learn how you can use this free service by registering for a VRS number and downloading the SRV Canada VRS app.

Video interpreters are available 24/7. There is no need to register, but it is recommended that you make the call 3-5 minutes before the scheduled telephone town hall to reduce the chance of being placed in a queue during peak hours. The number to call toll-free at the time of the session is 1-800-857-7604.

For any questions or difficulties, Customer Service can be contacted by:

While we invite your comments and views based on your family’s experience, please do not provide information about identifiable individuals, such as your child’s name, in your responses if you are asked to speak. If you have questions about how the government is collecting and using the information it is collecting through the telephone town hall, please contact:

For the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
Ontario Autism Program Administrator, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
PO Box 193
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1N3
1-888-444-4530

For the Ministry of Education
Director, Incubation and Design Branch, Ministry of Education
315 Front Street West, 9th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 0B8
416-325-5389


Additionally, see Your Privacy Matters section at the bottom of this page.

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Online Survey

You can share your thoughts and opinions by participating in the online survey. The survey contains 39 questions and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. You will need to register before taking the survey.


After registering, you will receive an email from survey@ontarioautismconsultations.ca with a single-use link to the survey. You may want to add this email address to your safe senders list, so the email does not land in your spam folder.

Due to the unprecedented scope of these consultations and the high volume of registrations anticipated, it could take up to 15 minutes for this email to reach you.

Your responses will be received anonymously and not linked to your email address. Please note that the survey is available in both English and French.

If you wish to receive a paper copy of the survey by mail, please phone 1-888-444-4530 or email autismconsultations@ontario.ca.

If you are having technical issues with the online survey, please contact autismsurveysupport@ontario.ca.

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Email Us

If you wish to provide any additional information or comments, please have your say by sending us an email or letter with your advice and recommendations.

By email:
autismconsultations@ontario.ca

By mail:
Ontario Autism Consultations
Ministry of Children Community and Social Services
Communications Branch
7th Floor, 438 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1N3

To have your mailed submission included in our analysis please mail by May 31, 2019.

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What happens after the consultations?

The information gathered through the consultations will be reviewed by the new advisory panel. They will review the information gathered through the consultations and will provide advice on developing a new needs assessment process and approach to supporting children and youth with complex needs. The outcomes of the consultations, along with further enhancements to the Ontario Autism Program, are expected to be announced at the end of July 2019.

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Your Privacy Matters

The survey and town hall are being administered on behalf of Ontario by a firm called Enterprise Canada Inc. (the administrator).

Notice of Collection

For the survey, the personal information being collected includes:

The administrator is collecting your email address, for the purpose of sending you an email with a single-use link to the survey.

For the town hall, the personal information being collected includes:

The Ministry of Education may use any personal information that you submit through the survey or provide during the town hall for the purpose of education policy development including program and service planning, evaluation, and resource allocation as well as research and statistical activity related to education. The Ministry of Education is collecting personal information, including any responses you provide to the survey or in the town hall, under the authority of paragraphs 3 and 5 of subsection 8.1(1) of the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.2.

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is collecting personal information, including any responses you provide to the survey or during the telephone town hall, to hear your input and advice on how the government can better meet the needs of children with autism and their families. The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is collecting personal information under the authority of s. 38(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The Ministries of Education and Children, Community and Social Services will be disclosing information collected through the survey and the town hall in de-identified and aggregate form to the Ontario Autism Program Advisory Panel for the purpose of their work related to the development of a new needs assessment process for the Ontario Autism Program.

Aggregate, de-identified information will also be shared with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the purpose of understanding how to better coordinate social services with health care supports.

Should you have any questions about this collection of personal information, please contact:

For the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
Ontario Autism Program Administrator, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
PO Box 193
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1N3
1-888-444-4530

For the Ministry of Education
Director, Incubation and Design Branch, Ministry of Education
315 Front Street West, 9th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 0B8
416-325-5389


Statement with respect to Collection and Disclosure of Personal Information

The government encourages you not to provide additional personal information about yourself, your child if applicable, or anyone else in any of the open-ended survey responses or during the town hall. By participating in the survey or the telephone town hall, you:

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Additional Resources

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