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Ontario Autism Program

Ontario is transforming the way children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their families, receive services through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). Families began to enter the OAP in June 2017. The vision of the OAP is to give children and youth with ASD access to the timely and effective services they need to achieve their goals at home, at school, in the community, and as they transition into adulthood. The OAP provides all families of children and youth with ASD with flexible, family-centred services based on each child’s unique needs.


Our regional offices are here to assist and connect you with a service provider in your area.

Joining the Ontario Autism Program

Each family’s entry into the OAP may differ depending on whether their child or youth is newly accessing service, waiting for service, or already receiving OAP services. We are committed to supporting families of children and youth with ASD to enter the program as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.

Learn more about how your family can enter the OAP, below.

Families can call 1-888-284-8340 toll-free for more information or to find the ministry regional office closest to them.

For a list of regional offices and telephone numbers, click here.

Ontario Autism Program Guidelines and Clinical Framework

The OAP Guidelines provide operational guidance for autism service agencies and set expectations for the delivery of the OAP across the province. The OAP Guidelines will continue to evolve as we work with families, clinical experts and stakeholders on program enhancements. Updated OAP Guidelines will be available in January 2018.

The OAP Clinical Framework was developed by the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Expert Committee and is used, along with the program guidelines, to guide clinicians in working with families to assess children’s needs and plan their behavioural services. The framework assists families in understanding how their children’s needs are assessed, how intervention is planned, how progress is reviewed, how transition planning is undertaken in the OAP and how families are involved in these processes.

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