New Ontario Autism Program Announcement from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services
On March 29, 2016, the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) announced further details of an investment of $333 million over the next five years to improve and expand autism services so that more children receive critical intervention earlier and services are better matched to their needs.
The plan is intended to improve and expand autism services so that children receive the right supports at the right time with the goal of providing more children with flexible and individualized services, based on evidence. Additionally the plan sets out to reduce wait times for service and to make it easier for families to access services.
On April 5, 2017 Minister Michael Coteau, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, released a letter to parents, families and caregivers about the new Ontario Autism Program.
You can read the letter on the Ministry’s website at the following link: click here.
For more information on the MCYS changes to the Ontario Autism Program, please visit the following link: click here.
Families on the wait list:
While Kinark does not provide ABA services, we do work collaboratively with our partners to manage the wait list for ABA-based services for community agencies that provide services in the Central and East Regions. If you are on the Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) or Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) wait list and have questions, families can contact their Family Resource and Support Coordinator or Kinark’s main office at 905-479-0158 or toll-free at 1-800-283-3377. If you are directed to voicemail, please leave a message and your call will be returned.
Kinark clients currently receiving services:
Kinark provides IBI, an evidence-based treatment used to improve the learning rate for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. For families currently receiving IBI services and supports, Kinark’s Clinical Supervisors are available to answer your questions. Please call your Supervisor or Kinark’s main office at 905-479-0158 or toll-free at 1-800-283-3377. If you are directed to voicemail, please leave a message and your call will be returned.