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  • Ontario to Implement Needs-Based Autism Program In-Line with Advisory Panel's Advice

    TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government announced it is adopting the Ontario Autism Panel’s key recommendations for a needs-based autism program. The program recognizes that every family’s experience and needs are different, and that children and youth on the autism spectrum have different levels of need at different points in their lives. These changes will put Ontario on track to deliver a comprehensive, sustainable and family-centred program.

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  • Ontario Advances National Conversation to Fight Human Trafficking

    Victoria, B.C. —This week, Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister for Children and Women’s Issues, met with Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) counterparts in Victoria, British Columbia to advance the Ontario government’s commitment to combat human trafficking and protect women and children.

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  • Ontario Supporting Inclusion and Accessibility in Whitby

    WHITBY — Ontario is investing $1.07 million in 2019-20 to support the Abilities Centre in Whitby to advance inclusion and accessibility for people of all ages and abilities.

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  • Statement from Minister Smith on Receiving the Autism Advisory Panel's Report

    TORONTO — Today, Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, issued the following statement after receiving the Autism Advisory Panel's report on recommendations for a new needs-based and sustainable Ontario Autism Program:

    Statement | Children, Community and Social Services

  • Ontario encouraging participation in child welfare system engagement

    MISSISSAUGA — Ontario wants every child and young person in care to receive the quality of support they deserve. The child welfare system is facing challenges: too many children are confronted with obstacles and barriers that prevent them from success and far too many young people are struggling once they leave care.

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  • Ontario to seek input on improving the child welfare system

    TORONTO — Ontario wants every child and young person to be supported to succeed, and to thrive. The child welfare system is facing challenges - not all children, youth and families are getting the quality of support they deserve, and some children are struggling once they leave care. 

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  • Supporting Quality Care for Ontarians with Autism

    TORONTO — Ontario is putting children, youth and vulnerable people first by strengthening the oversight of behavioural clinicians who provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), a therapy that primarily supports people with autism. As recommended by experts and supported by families, regulation of ABA behavioural clinicians will set standard expectations for quality therapy across the province. Consultations on how best to implement regulation are set to begin this fall.

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  • Ontario Adding More Mental Health and Addictions Services for Indigenous Communities

    KENORA - Ontario is increasing the availability of mental health supports by making specific investments for Indigenous communities. This new funding will help children and youth, adults, and families from Indigenous communities around the province get the care and services they need closer to home.

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  • Ontario is Working Towards a Needs-Based and Sustainable Autism Program

    TORONTO — Ontario is continuing to listen to families of children with autism and the Autism Advisory Panel. Based on their feedback, the province is expanding the scope of the autism expert panel to provide advice on what a new needs-based and sustainable autism program would look like. To facilitate that work, Ontario is extending existing behaviour plans and continuing to bring children off the waitlist to ensure continuity of service for families.

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