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Changes to the Ontario Autism Program

March 21st, 2019 –Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services, announced updated changes to the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) today; you can find the full press release here. We are receiving these announcements at the same time as the general public and will need to review the impact for the families we serve. We have been focused on this issue since the initial changes were announced on February 6th, and can share updates on our efforts to provide continuous, evidence-base services.

Included in Geneva Centre’s current, high quality service offer is our intensive behavioural intervention program for preschool aged children. This program will be directly impacted by impending changes to the OAP. Comprehensive research shows that the long term, positive effects of early intervention can change the trajectory of a child’s life. It is critical for us to ensure families can access evidence-based, clinical support for each individual’s needs.

We have provided immediate attention to the families we currently support in our early intervention program to ensure continuous care throughout the transition, which may be an extended period following today’s announcement. Our clinical leaders, in consultation with parents and community partners, have been working intensively to design accessible options to provide ongoing, evidence-based support for all families when they need it most. It is imperative in our commitment to high quality service that all programs meet our strict criteria for evidence-based practices. We are thoroughly reviewing options we would like to provide based on these standards and will share details with you in the coming weeks.

Geneva Centre for Autism’s mission is to empower individuals with autism spectrum disorder, and their families, to fully participate in their communities. It is critical that families receive the support they need at home, work, school, and in the community. In addition to the high quality, evidence-based services we offer, our intake team assesses and provides recommendations for families to access all resources available to them in their entire network. If you have questions, or would like to book an appointment, please call 416-322-7877 x513 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .