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CHEO Autism Program - What's New

January 2018

The new Independent Clinical Review (ICR) process for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) is now available. The ICR offers families and their children the opportunity to have key components of their OAP Behaviour Plan reviewed by a team of independent Clinical Reviewers.

As per the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ recent communications releases, the following documents provide an update to the roll-out of the new Ontario Autism Program:

For more information on the ICR, please visit the Ontario Autism Program or Contact Niagara.

June 2017

Excerpt from letter by Minister Coteau

Letter to Parents with Children and Youth with Autism from Minister Coteau – dated June 22, 2017

"Dear parents, families and caregivers in our autism community:

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of announcing a sweeping transformation to how this province provides services and supports for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP). This transformation will make Ontario a leader in this country, and around the world for autism services and support.

As we begin implementing the OAP, I want to make sure all of you have the information you need for the transition to go as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions or would like more information, I invite you to visit"

To read Minister Coteau’s full letter, please visit

May 2017

Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Hubs

Ontario has established five regional Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic hubs across the province.

The diagnostic hubs will connect families with autism services in their communities quickly, and will provide training to professionals in the surrounding regions to ensure more children and families receive the diagnostic assessments they need. Learn more about the hubs.

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