Skip to content

Autism Services

 Autism Ontario Workshop: Helping Parents Be Heard By Ontario School Boards, Saturday, April 7, 2018 10am-3pm. 


The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) provides evidence-based behavioural services that are flexible, individualized and based on a child’s unique needs and strengths.
The key components of the new program include:

  • A single point of access. There will be one entry point to the OAP to make it easier for families to access services for their child.
  • Family-centred decision making. As key partners in their child’s care, families will be actively engaged in the assessment, goal-setting and intervention planning process for their child.
  • Collaborative approach to service. A foundation of the new OAP will be the collaborative approach taken by community support service providers, clinicians and educators to support children’s needs at home, during service and in school.
  • Service based on need. Services will be flexible and individualized. The intensity and duration of the services a child or youth receives is based on their needs and strengths, regardless of age. Each child’s service plan will be determined by clinical assessment.
  • A direct funding option. A new direct funding option will be implemented by the end of this year. This will provide all families with a choice between receiving direct service or receiving funding to purchase their child’s service.
  • Safe, effective autism services. The province intends to regulate ABA practitioners to help ensure families receive safe, high-quality services, have confidence in their providers and know where to go if they have a concern.

DCAFS Autism Services are delivered in partnership with ErinOakKids.

For more information on Ontario Autism Program resources in your community:

Children will enter into the Ontario Autism Program over the next several months as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.  The OAP will be fully in place by spring 2018.

For more information on the new OAP, please visit MCYS Website

Referral Criteria:
Children and youth birth to 18 years of age are eligible for OAP with a documented diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and live within the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Central Region of Ontario, which is comprised of Peel, Halton, Dufferin, Waterloo & Wellington.