Autism in Ontario
Find resources, supports and services for families with children and youth on the autism spectrum.
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About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way the brain works. While there is no cure for autism, people’s symptoms, abilities and experiences can improve over time with the help of evidence-based therapies and interventions.
Symptoms usually appear at an early age. People with autism may experience difficulties with:
- social communication
- social interaction
- restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviours, interests or activities
People with autism will experience differences related to:
- the number, type, and severity of symptoms
- levels of functioning
- age of first signs of autism
- age of diagnosis
- challenges associated with social situations
People with autism need different levels of support, depending on these factors.
Resources about diagnosis
About the Ontario Autism Program
The Ontario Autism Program offers support to all eligible families of children and youth on the autism spectrum. You can select the services and supports that are most important to you and your child.
If you have previously registered your child for the Ontario Autism Program or already submitted your registration form and supporting documents to the ministry, you do not need to register again.
Ontario Autism Program
If you registered before April 2021
News and program updates
Ontario Autism Program monthly numbers
Children registered in the Ontario Autism Program
Invitations issued for childhood budgets
Invitations issued for interim one-time funding
Note: Before April 1, 2019, Ontario’s nine regional service providers had been managing Ontario Autism Program (OAP) data on a regional basis. The ministry has centralized OAP data to more efficiently plan and administer the program. Data validation work, including reconciling duplicate client records, has resulted in adjusted counts for children registered in the OAP, invitations issued for childhood budgets and invitations issued for interim one-time funding.
Direct your questions and find more information about the Ontario Autism Program by contacting:
Central Resource Team
- Register for the OAP
- Ask about your situation if you’re registered with the OAP, but not yet connected with AccessOAP
- Ask about childhood budgets and interim one-time funding
- Ask about how to create an account with AccessOAP
- Ask general questions about the OAP
- Ask about your situation if you have created an account with AccessOAP and given consent to the ministry to transfer your OAP record to AccessOAP
Developing and implementing a needs-based program
The autism advisory panel reviewed the information gathered during public consultations. The panel provided advice on developing a new needs-based program with the goal of helping as many children as possible. Read the Recommendations for a new needs-based Ontario Autism Program report.
The Ontario Autism Program implementation working group provided input on key design elements of the needs-based program, based on key recommendations in the advisory panel’s report. Read more about the working group’s mandate and members.
Service providers must continue to use the service delivery tools and all associated processes to develop and deliver Ontario Autism Program behaviour plans.