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.
- 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."