Government Launches OAP Programs
The Ontario Autism Program has launched its Entry to School Program (beginning March 2022) to support children entering kindergarten or grade 1 for the first time and has awarded grants to service providers to hire and train new clinical staff so they can support more families. This will include a 6-month program focused on developing school-readiness skills in communication, play, social interactions, behavioural self-management and learning and attention.
The Independent Intake Organization (IIO) has been announced and includes a consortium of Accerta Services Inc., McMaster University, Autism Ontario, and HealthCare 365. As the name suggests, this group will be responsible for the intake of children/youth and their families into the OAP and will help them navigate and access services. The IIO is scheduled to start supporting families in spring 2022 and will play a key role in providing families with funding to purchase core clinical services (including OT) for their children and youth.