Autism Services

Ontario is transforming the way that children and youth with autism, and their families, receive services and supports through the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP), which begins June 26. The new program will ensure all families of children and youth with autism receive flexible, family-centred services based on each child’s unique needs. The government is committed to ensuring all families are supported through a smooth and seamless transition as they enter the new program. To read the June 8, 2017 media release about the new OAP on the Ministry of Child and Youth Services’ website: click here.

Kinark to serve as a Single Point of Access for the Ontario Autism Program, starting June 26.

Starting June 26, 2017, Kinark Child and Family Services’ Central Intake will serve as the single point of access (SPOA) for the Ontario Autism Program for children and youth aged 0-18 years 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 Kinark’s Central Intake line at 1-888-454-6275 to register for services offered through the new Ontario Autism Program.

Referring professionals, please advise families to call Kinark’s Central Intake line to register with the Ontario Autism Program in these areas.

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 should be sent to autism@kinark.on.caFor details, click here.

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

Program Guidelines for the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP) are available on the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ website here.

Independent Review Mechanism for the Autism Intervention Program Coordinated by Contact Niagara

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has developed an Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) for the Autism Intervention Program (AIP). When you receive written notification that your child is ineligible for, or is being discharged from the AIP, you may request an independent review of that decision.

The IRM is coordinated by Contact Niagara, a non-profit agency funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

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