Changes to the Ontario Autism Program
Effective Feb 2019, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced significant changes to the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).
Families who have been waiting for Autism Service will now be given a childhood budget which will allow them to directly purchase services for their children from a provider of their choice.
If your child is currently registered for the program you do not need to register again.
All children and youth under the age of 18 with a written diagnosis of autism from a qualified professional can register for the program.
Contact the Ministry’s Central Intake and Registration Team to register (1-888-444-4530). Once your registration is complete, your child will be added to the waitlist. Families will receive a letter from the ministry when it is time for them to apply for a Childhood Budget.
“Families who suspect autism/autism spectrum disorder in their child but do not have a diagnosis should proceed towards assessment by having their family physician make a referral requesting diagnostics for Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder to one of the following:
  • Kids Inclusive, Kingston
  • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
  • Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre
  • Or you may utilize the services of a private psychologist.

For more help contact:

Lanark Community Programs
A part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services
(613) 257-7619 or 1-866-257-7618