Mission Statement: This blog was created to provide information on getting help for autism in general while focussing on locally available resources for families with newly diagnosed children in Belleville and Quinte area.

Please browse the blog at your leisure and if you have autism related questions, please join facebook group discussions at Exceptional Minds Quinte If you are a parent, an autism consultant, counselor, teacher with information on autism resources available in our area, please feel free to post your information on this blog. You can do this by emailing your posts to bsangma@cogeco.ca

DFO related topic: Choosing an Applied Behaviour Analysis therapist for your child with autism

Local Autism Support Groups

Parents Engaging Autism Quinte (PEAQ), an autism parent support group, is running meeting both in July and August (July 3rd, Monday and August 7, Monday) at Kerry's Place, 189 Victoria Avenue, Belleville at 6:30 p.m.

Email bsangma@cogeco.ca if you have questions or suggestions for autism topics that are important to you so that we can invite appropriate autism professionals to speak at these meetings.


Autism parent support group meeting hosted by Mental Health Agency, Trenton and Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) meeting is on the Third Thursday of the month. If you have any questions or require any further information please contact Orlana Bourgoin at orlana.b@trentonmfrc.ca or 613 392 2811 x 3953

For info on Community Living Prince Edward County Parent Support group, contact Resource Consultants @ 613 476 6038

Central Hastings Autism Support Group meets in Madoc at the Recreation Centre. Contact Renee O’Hara, Family Resource & Support, 613-966-7413 or Tammy Kavanagh, Family Resource & Support, 613-332-3227

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Direct Funding For Autism Coming Soon in Ontario

This is pretty exciting news for families supporting children with autism in
Ontario. It is promising in that it will help parents access available autism
resources as fast as they can for their children without having to be in
endless waitlists. At the same time, it can be overwhelming for parents
who are already neck deep in spending moment in caring for their child.
Hopefully, this is a step forward and our children with autism will be able to get quicker access to professional intervention as early as possible.
"News Release from Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Expanding Service Options for Children and Youth with Autism
Direct Funding Service Option Will Be Offered in New Ontario Autism Program
May 18, 2017 1:45 P.M.

Ontario is giving families of children with autism more options for their children's service by offering a new, permanent direct funding option, which will be implemented by the end of this year through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).
Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau made the announcement at Monarch House in Oakville today, speaking with families about Ontario's commitment to flexible services and supports for children and youth with autism.
By the end of this year, the province will implement a new direct funding option as part of the OAP. This will allow all families to choose between receiving direct service or receiving funding to purchase services for their child. Families currently receiving direct funding will continue to receive their funding throughout the transition, and will be able to choose the new OAP direct funding option to receive services from their preferred provider.
Next month, families will begin to transition into the new OAP, which will provide services that are flexible and tailored to the unique needs of each child, regardless of age. The program will be implemented gradually over the coming year, with the program expected to be fully in place by spring 2018. The new program includes a single point of entry for families to more easily access services and will create 16,000 new spaces over five years, so that more children and youth with autism can receive the services they need sooner.
The province will continue to engage with families, caregivers, advocates, clinicians and providers, including the OAP Advisory Committee, to ensure the new program is providing the best possible supports and services for children and youth with autism, from diagnosis to adulthood.
Quick Facts
  • Parents can call 1-888-284-8340 toll-free for more information or to find their nearest ministry regional office.
  • Streamlined entry to autism services through a toll-free number in families’ regions will also be provided as part of the new OAP.
  • Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong, complex neurodevelopmental disorder. It is characterized by persistent deficits in social communication and interaction and repetitive behaviour. Symptoms of autism vary significantly and range in severity.
  • Ontario is investing an unprecedented half-billion dollars over the next four years to create new services for children and youth with ASD.
  • There are an estimated 40,000 children and youth in Ontario with ASD.
  • Based on the most recent prevalence rate from the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, prevalence has grown from 1 in 150 in 2002 to 1 in 68 in 2010."
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