Autism Services

Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services introduced changes to autism services in June 2017 with the launch of the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP).

In the new program, all children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by a qualified professional are eligible to receive flexible and individualized services based on their personal needs, strengths and goals until the age of 18. The goal of the new OAP is to provide families with services that are well coordinated, family-centred and responsive to the unique needs and potential of each individual child and/or youth.

For more information about the new Ontario Autism Program click here.

How to Access The New OAP

Kinark Child and Family Services now serves as the single point of access (SPOA) to the new Ontario Autism Program for children and youth, aged 0-18 years, living in York and Durham Regions, Simcoe County, and the four Counties of Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Northumberland.

Families looking for autism services and supports in these geographic areas should call the SPOA at 1-888-454-6275 to register in the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP). All children and youth from 0-18 years of age with a confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are eligible for services in the OAP.

Requests for information and/or questions about the Ontario Autism Program in the Regions of York and Durham, Simcoe County, and the four Counties of Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Northumberland can be emailed to autism@kinark.on.ca.

If you live outside of the geographic areas mentioned above, please go to: SPOA website to find the Single Point of Access to the OAP in your area.

About The OAP

OAP services focus on increasing family capacity to maximize a child/youth’s functional skills within his/her own home and community. Once it is fully implemented, the OAP will offer a continuum of evidence-based behavioural intervention, family services and training for both families, and children and youth with ASD based on their individual needs and strengths across developmental stages from birth to 18 years of age.

In the new OAP, services are family-centred and focused on the needs of the individual child or youth at any given time in their development up to the age of 18. Families will work in partnership with behavioural clinicians to establish service goals, acquire new skills, support skills development and care delivery, and help their children transition, as required, to new and different levels and forms of intervention over time as their child/youth’s unique needs and priorities change.

Children/youth will remain in the OAP until they turn 18 years of age unless their families choose to withdraw them from the program earlier.

OAP Wait List

Before the introduction of the new Ontario Autism Program in June 2017, there were two separate wait lists for autism services. Only children deemed eligible for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) services were placed on the IBI wait list while all children with a diagnosis of ASD were eligible to join the wait list for Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) services.

Under the OAP, the two wait lists have been combined into one wait list for services offered through the province’s new autism program. Families who were on one or both wait lists as of June 26, 2017 were automatically added to the OAP wait list using the previously supplied date of referral. For families with two different referral dates – one for ABA and another for IBI – the earlier to the two dates has been used to enable entry to the OAP as soon as possible.

Kinark Child and Family Services now maintains the wait list for autism services offered under the OAP in the Regions of York and Durham, Simcoe County, and the four Counties of Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Northumberland. To be placed on the OAP waitlist for autism services offered in these geographic areas, families should contact the single point of access at 1-888-454-6275. A diagnosis of autism from a qualified professional is required to register for the OAP and to be placed on the OAP wait list for service. Once registration has occurred, families will be contacted and advised of next steps.

Autism Services at Kinark

As the province transitions to the full implementation of the Ontario Autism Program, Kinark continues to provide a range of evidence-based, family-centred behaviour analytic services, including intensive intervention. Individualized treatment plans are developed for each child/youth admitted to the OAP to meet their unique needs across all developmental stages. Treatment planning is done in close collaboration with parents/caregivers and other autism service providers.

Kinark is currently working with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and its community partners toward the full implementation of the new OAP, which is expected to be fully operational by the spring 2018.

If you have questions about our autism services, please call the single point of access to OAP at 1-888-454-6275 or email us at: autism@kinark.on.ca.