As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) in Canada provided funding and services to support children and youth with autism. Please note that the program’s policies and procedures may have evolved since then. To apply for OAP funding or to get the most current information, I recommend visiting the official Ontario Autism Program website or contacting the program directly. However, I can provide you with a general overview of the application process based on the information available up to 2021:

1. Eligibility Criteria:

  • The OAP primarily supports children and youth under the age of 18 who have a confirmed diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from a qualified professional.
  • Eligibility criteria, such as age limits and diagnostic requirements, may vary, so it’s important to check the program’s official website for the most up-to-date information.

2. Getting a Diagnosis:

  • Ensure that your child has received a formal diagnosis of ASD from a qualified healthcare provider or diagnostic team. This diagnosis is a fundamental requirement for OAP eligibility.

3. Register with the OAP:

  • Visit the official Ontario Autism Program website and register your child. You may need to provide certain personal information and details about your child’s diagnosis during the registration process.

4. Complete an Intake Process:

  • Once registered, you may be contacted by a representative from the OAP to complete an intake process. This process may involve providing additional information about your child’s diagnosis and needs.

5. Develop a Service Plan:

  • If your child is found eligible for the OAP, you will work with a service coordinator to develop a service plan tailored to your child’s unique needs. The plan will outline the types of services and supports your child will receive.

6. Access Funding:

  • Once the service plan is approved, funding will be allocated to cover eligible services and supports. You can then use this funding to access the approved services.

7. Choose Service Providers:

  • You’ll have the flexibility to choose service providers who are approved by the OAP to deliver the services outlined in the service plan. These providers may include behavior analysts, therapists, speech-language pathologists, and others.

8. Monitor Progress:

  • Regularly assess your child’s progress and make any necessary adjustments to the service plan in consultation with your service coordinator.

Please note that the Ontario Autism Program’s policies and procedures may have changed since my last update in September 2021. Therefore, it’s crucial to refer to the official program website or contact program representatives directly for the most current information on eligibility criteria, application processes, and available services.

You can create an OAPAccess account on the link below: