Ontario Autism Program Update

Peel Autism Resource

On December 11th, a long awaited update about the progress of the highly anticipated “needs based” OAP came from Jennifer Morris, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (Children with Special Needs Division).

The PDF of the update can be read here

There is a lot of verbiage and it’s a little confusing to ascertain what it’s actually saying. Hopefully, this will shed some light.

For those who don’t know, an OAP Advisory Panel provided recommendations to the government on the design of a needs-based, sustainable OAP back in October 2019. That report is available here.

It was announced in December 2019 that an Implementation Working Group would be tasked with designing a new “needs based” program based on the panel’s recommendations – no small feat.

The new “needs based” OAP contains several components. Service pathways include:

  • Core Clinical Services that include…

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