Ontario announced this morning that families will continue to receive services as outlined in their current OAP (Ontario Autism Program) Behaviour Plan until its end date. After the end date, families will be able to renew their plan for a second six-month extension of up to six months. For children on the waitlist, childhood budgets will continue to be issued to families as the province works towards creating a needs-based, sustainable autism program in April 2020 with recommendations from an autism expert panel.
Minister Todd Smith said: “I have every confidence that together, we will get this right. It’s clear we need to ask the advisory panel to provide us with a broader set of recommendations and advice – and we need to give them the necessary time to do so, in the interim, we will continue services for families, move more children into service and give our experts the time they need to bring forth their considered recommendations. These measures will also bring greater transparency for parents and families across Ontario.”
A full news release can be found here.