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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.

Information for Practitioners

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, Clinical Framework and Other Resources

The OAP Guidelines provide operational guidance for autism service providers 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 to improve how the OAP is delivered. The OAP Guidelines have been updated as of January 15, 2018.

The OAP Clinical Framework was developed by the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Expert Committee and is used, along with the OAP Guidelines, to guide clinicians who work with families to assess their child’s needs, and plan their behavioural services. The framework also helps families understand how their child’s needs are assessed, how behavioural intervention services are planned, how their child’s progress is reviewed, how transition planning is undertaken, and how their family is involved in these processes.

The OAP Information Sheet is a new document that provides families with information about the program and what service options are available to them. Families will receive this document from their Family Support Worker (title may differ across regional providers) to help make informed decisions about their service options.

The Family Guide to OAP Clinical Teams is a new document to help families understand the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of OAP clinical team members.

In the event that families have concerns about their child's OAP Behaviour Plan, families should speak with their OAP service provider to discuss these concerns. If a family's concerns cannot be resolved internally with their service provider, they can request an Independent Clinical Review of their child's plan. Please refer to the Family Information on the Independent Clinical Review Process.

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