On June 25, 2021, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced changes to the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) that will add caregiver-mediated early years programs as a service pathway in the OAP.

In Toronto, Kerry’s Place Autism Services and six other autism service agencies, in a collaboration called the Toronto Autism Services Network (TASN), will deliver the provincially funded caregiver-mediated early years programs.

In York/Simcoe, a collaboration of service providers have also been chosen to deliver the provincially funded caregiver-mediated early years programs.

For Toronto, TASN’s will offer three caregiver-mediated early years programs to support families with young children who are 12 months to 48 months at the start of the intervention: Project ImPACT (12-48 months), Social ABCs (12-42 months) and Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) (12-48 months). The programs will help young children develop core foundational skills in the areas of communication, socialization and play, and will provide parents/caregivers with specific strategies to support their child’s development.

The ministry will begin reaching out to families registered with the OAP in the coming weeks to let them know they are eligible for this program. Families can then contact Toronto Autism Services Network to learn more about the registration process and programs that are offered. In York/Simcoe, families can learn more about the Ontario Autism Program: caregiver-mediated early years programs by visiting ontario.ca.

The Toronto, TASN includes seven agencies—Geneva Centre for Autism, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Lumenus Community Services, SAAAC Autism Centre, Strides Toronto, and Surrey Place—with decades of experience providing high-quality services to children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. TASN’s supports are coordinated with other clinical services to create a comprehensive, wraparound support team that can make informed decisions to meet each family’s individual needs.

With this shared vision of support, families with an autism diagnosis in both Toronto and York/Simcoe will benefit from a single access point to receive consistent, high-quality, family-centred autism services.

We are excited to work in collaboration in both regions and continue to provide high-quality services to children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

  • For more information on the Ontario Autism Program: caregiver-mediated early years programs, please click here.
  • For more information on TASN and our caregiver-mediated early years programs, visit Toronto Autism Services

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