Funding Options through the New OAP

 

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.

Our Centre can work with your child to achieve their goals with funding from the OAP through the DIRECT FUNDING OPTION. 

Contact our Center for more information: info@autismunplugged.ca

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.

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

For more information on the Kinark Child and Family Services website click here.

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