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Today, my colleague Minister Smith announced the next steps the province is taking to implement a new needs-based Ontario Autism Program.
Starting in March, the province will begin offering core clinical services based on a child’s individual needs which is a key element of the new program. These services include applied behaviour analysis, speech language pathology, occupational therapy and mental health supports.
About 600 children and youth from across the province who are registered in the Ontario Autism Program will be invited to participate.
The Child and Parent Resource Institute will oversee the launch of core clinical services which will include:
- meeting with a family to identify a child’s goals, strengths and support needs
- allocating funding to families so they can purchase core services from providers of their choice
- supporting families with next steps to access core clinical services of their choice.