After the Diagnosis
Often, parents can feel overwhelmed after their child receives a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If you are feeling overwhelmed, the best way to prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead is to find the right help, support, and information sources that work best for you and your family as soon as you are ready to do so. Call or email us! We can help! Autism Ontario offers unique local ASD programs and services to support children and youth reach their potential.
The Ontario Autism Program
Your first step after receiving a diagnosis of autism is to register your child with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).
The OAP is offered by the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services and aims to ensure autism services for children and youth are delivered consistently across the province, allows for flexibility and choice based on each child’s needs, and gives families confidence in receiving quality services. Children and youth with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder from a qualified professional are eligible for the OAP up until the age of 18.
To learn more about the Ontario Autism Program, please visit the OAP website.