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Toronto Autism Services – Position Statement

Friday February 22, 2019 - Surrey Place and our Toronto Autism Services partners want to assure our stakeholders that we continue to be committed to providing the highest quality and evidence based services to our clients and families living with autism.  We understand and appreciate that this is a very difficult time and there are more questions than answers however, our focus remains on providing services to children with autism.

In light of some additional questions being raised by stakeholders in our community we want to be very clear that we have continued to provide services to clients and families that includes evidence based behavioural services and parent education. In October 2018, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services did provide a new direction to service agencies and as a result we continued to provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) treatment for children and youth currently in service; based on clinical recommendations, and parent education that included access to Project ImPACT; parent workshops and individual coaching sessions with parents and children, aimed at increasing early social and communication skills. During this new period of service delivery, we have also been working very hard on providing the best possible family services by supporting families and providing consultations delivered by senior clinical staff as part of the Parent Consultation Clinic.  We intend to continue working as hard as possible for the children and families we serve.

As more information becomes available from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services we will be communicating with our families during the transition period.

Toronto Autism Services Partners

Media Contact:
Ms. Vaso Charitsis, BBA
Communications and Marketing Advisor

Surrey Place
C: 647-221-5918
E: Vaso.charitsis@surreyplace.ca

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services Ontario Autism Program Announcement

Today, the Honourable Ms. Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services held a press conference to announce changes to Ontario Autism Program (OAP). The Ontario Government has shared some details of the announcement on the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services website.

Ministry Press Release: https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2019/02/ontario-takes-decisive-action-to-help-more-families-with-autism.html?_ga=2.181049703.1395196966.1549458564-1225649262.1532022516

Ministry Ontario Autism Program Changes: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/english/specialneeds/autism/ontario-autism-program.aspx?utm_content=buffer31914&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

ONTABA Survey

ONTABA is conducting an important brief survey about behavioural data retention practices in Ontario for clinicians providing ABA services to children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The purpose is to understand similarities and differences between the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO), and the Child, Family, and Youth Services Act, and other relevant regulations and standards.  This 7-item survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Please click on the link below to complete the survey.

Survey Link: https://www.research.net/r/VB8P78G

Survey will remain open until Monday, July 16, 2018.

Help inform the newly elected government about how to improve autism services

Autism Ontario is undertaking a new survey with researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University. Parents and primary caregivers of a child or youth diagnosed with autism are invited to give input about the impacts of autism policies, programs and supports on child and family well-being in Ontario through an online survey.

The study finding will be shared with the autism community, the general public and the incoming government in the hopes that they will use your feedback to improve autism services in this province based on the needs and input of families. For this reason, it's crucial that the findings are reflective of as many families as possible.  The survey should take approximately 15-30 minutes of your time.

Please note this survey is separate from the previous Provincially Speaking survey administered by Autism Ontario.

This project has been reviewed and approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University Research Ethics Board (REB #5422). If you have any questions regarding the study, do not hesitate to contact: Dr. Janet McLaughlin, Associate Professor, Health Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University or Dr. Margaret Schneider, Associate Professor, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Wilfrid Laurier University

Click here to learn more about the project and to participate in the online survey.

Government of Ontario to Expand Autism Services for Children and Youth

Monday May 7, 2018, Toronto – The government of Ontario announced a commitment to invest $62 million in new funding for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). The new funding will build on the government’s previous funding commitment of more than $500 million over five years that was used to create the OAP and expand autism services.

The announcement will further expand the OAP program, offer families across the province more access to flexible, individualized services that are based on the needs and strengths of their children and will help address wait times.

In Toronto, the OAP is being delivered in partnership by Adventure Place, Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre, Etobicoke Children’s Centre, Geneva Centre for Autism, Kerry’s Place Autism Services and Surrey Place. The partnership delivers outcome oriented and evidence based-services under the name Toronto Autism Services.

To learn more about the OAP please visit the Government of Ontario’s website at Ontario.ca/autism.

For the official News Release and detailed information please click here.

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