Ontario Autism Program

The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) is funded through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS). The OAP has a range of services and supports for children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and registered with the OAP. 

The Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent (CTC-CK) serves children and youth with autism spectrum disorder who live in Ontario and are eligible for registration and services through the Ontario Autism Program.

OAP services offered at the CTC-CK:

The CTC-CK offers education, information, support, treatment and select Ontario Autism Programs as follows:

Who can register for the OAP?

To register for the Ontario Autism Program, children must:

  • Be under 18 years of age,
  • Currently live in Ontario, and
  • Have a written diagnosis of autism from a qualified professional.

How to register for the OAP:

To register, contact AccessOAP soon as possible! https://accessoap.ca.

For additional information or questions, please contact the MCCSS Central Resource Team:

Phone: 1-833-425-2445
Email: info@accessoap.ca
Mail: Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services
P.O. Box 193, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1N3

What if My Child Does Not Yet Have a Diagnosis of Autism?

There are waiting lists for assessment clinics and services. Have your child assessed for autism as soon as possible.

  • Talk to your primary care provider about a referral to a local paediatrician, a local professional qualified to compete an autism assessment, or to the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  Diagnostic Hub for the West Region of Ontario, located at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

The Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent partners with McMaster Children’s Hospital to provide an autism diagnostics clinic in Chatham.  

For information about the diagnostic hub, the referral form, and process please visit the ASD Diagnostic Hub.

Trouble navigating the OAP?

Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent:
If you are a client at the CTC-CK, reach out to your child’s therapy team. They may be able to connect you to a member of our Service Navigation team for support and help registering and accessing services through AccessOAP.

Autism Ontario:
Autism Ontario is a charitable organization made up of families, individuals with autism, and professionals. Their services include helping families understand and navigate the OAP and AccessOAP, caregiver support groups, advocacy resources, child and family supports, webinars and workshops. www.autismontario.com