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First Steps for Families

To be eligible to register for the Ontario Autism Program, your child must:

  • Be under age 18
  • Currently live in Ontario
  • Have a written diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder from a qualified professional

 

Your child’s written diagnosis must include:

  • Your child’s full name and date of birth
  • The date of your child’s assessment
  • A statement indicating that the child meets the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder
  • The qualified professional’s name and credentials

To be eligible for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) you will first have to register with the Ministry program.

  • You must fill out and submit the Ontario Autism Program registration form
  • Your child or youth must meet the program eligibility criteria to be registered.
  • Contact the ministry’s central intake and registration team (CIRT) by emailing oap@ontario.ca or calling 1-888-444-4530.

You do not need to register again if you have previously registered your child for the Ontario Autism Program

Your child’s registration date is based on when the ministry receives your registration form and all supporting documents.

The registration list is controlled and monitored by the Ministry and Lansdowne staff is not able to access this information.

If you are interested in Autism services here at Lansdowne or purchasing individual treatment, you will need to register directly with us. This list is internally controlled and we can let you know if you are currently on our list to purchase treatment.

Please do not assume that if you are registered for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) or with other Lansdowne services (i.e. Speech), that you are automatically registered with Autism Services.

If you are interested in Autism services here at Lansdowne or purchasing individual treatment, you will need to register directly with us. This list is internally controlled and we can let you know if you are currently on our list to purchase treatment.

Please do not assume that if you are registered with other Lansdowne services, such as speech or HITs, or because your child has a diagnosis of ASD, that you are automatically registered with Autism Services.

Childhood budgets provide money directly to you to purchase the services and supports that are most important to you and your child.

A list of eligible expenses including purchasing behavioural services, as well as other areas where you can spend your funding has been compiled.

Families with children under age six are eligible to receive $20,000 per child, while families with children aged six and older are eligible to receive $5,000 per child.

Families who accept a childhood budget can be assured that their child’s position on the provincial waitlist will be maintained for entry into the new needs-based, sustainable Ontario Autism Program.

If you have received a childhood budget, you may be eligible to receive interim one-time funding after submitting your expense form and if you have not yet transitioned into core services in the new needs-based autism program.

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