Geneva Centre for Autism is delighted at the announcement by Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services, Laurel Broten, to expand services for children and youth with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Beginning spring 2011, the Provincial Government will spend $25 Million a year to provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) based services in community agencies, schools and homes.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to address the after school and transitional needs of children, while also developing new service options for all children on the autism spectrum” says Margaret Whelan, Geneva Centre for Autism’s Executive Director.
ABA is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviours. ABA based services help children and youth with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) develop communication and social skills – skills that help in school, at home and daily life.
Approximately 8,000 children and youth with an ASD will benefit from the new Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) based services. Geneva Centre for Autism plans to join with its community partners to develop effective new ABA based services.
The new funding also includes Autism Ontario’s school break camp subsidy program and an enhancement to their parent support programs across the province