Please sign up for the Ontario Autism Consultations Telephone Town Hall Meetings

Please sign up for the Ontario Autism Consultations Telephone Town Hall Meetings

Please sign up for the next two Telephone Town Hall meetings to let the Ontario government hear your voice during this period of Ontario Autism Consultations! They will happen on Tuesday, May 28th at 8:00pm and on Friday, May 31st at noon.

Also don’t forget to complete the online survey: The Ontario government has opened up consultation for autism services for only a few weeks. Please complete the online survey ASAP if you are a service provider, caregiver, educator, or have any relationship whatsoever to children with special needs. It is NOT just for parents. First you register, then you are emailed a link to complete the survey. 

Please let the government know that what we need is to move away from only providing behavioural services and approaches and towards including neuroscience-supported developmental, relational approaches that take into account a child’s developmental level, individual sensory profiles and form connections with our children to inspire relating, communicating and THINKING (rather than being trained to memorize rote skills). You can select from a number of services (occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, respite, etc.) but also choose “Other” and please include “Developmental approach, relationship-based therapies such as DIR/Floortime”, for instance. 

Please take this opportunity have your say!

Please complete the Government of Ontario Online Survey for Autism Services ASAP!

Please complete the Government of Ontario Online Survey for Autism Services ASAP!

The Ontario government has opened up consultation for autism services for only a few weeks. Please complete the online survey ASAP if you are a service provider, caregiver, educator, or have any relationship whatsoever to children with special needs. It is NOT just for parents. First you register, then you are emailed a link to complete the survey. You can also sign up for the upcoming Telephone Town Hall on May 16th, or May 6th if you are in a northern or rural community.

Please let the government know that what we need is to move away from only providing behavioural services and approaches and towards including neuroscience-supported developmental, relational approaches that take into account a child’s developmental level, individual sensory profiles and form connections with our children to inspire relating, communicating and THINKING (rather than being trained to memorize rote skills). You can select from a number of services (occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, respite, etc.) but also choose “Other” and please include “Developmental approach, relationship-based therapies such as DIR/Floortime”, for instance. 

Please take this opportunity have your say!

Meeting with MPP about autism funding

Meeting with MPP about autism funding

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with my MPP Ted Arnott, along with some other parents of autistic children in our community. My goal was to inform and empower the MPP with information about the developmental approach and how important it is to offer CHOICE for families–especially when ABA isn’t appropriate. I also encouraged Mr. Arnott to listen to the voices of autistics in policy making, such as A4A Ontario.

Thank you, Mr. Arnott, for taking the time to hear about families’ need for CHOICE in supports and therapies for autism in Ontario, and how essential providing adequate financial support is for families. And if anyone in Ontario is a care provider who wants to join our cause, please sign the petition here.

Changes in the Ontario Autism Program

Changes in the Ontario Autism Program

The Ontario government announced changes to the Ontario Autism Program last week that caps the amount of money families can receive for their children’s services. Families are concerned about this but our greater concern is the type of services that are being presented to families.

The overwhelming focus of services still revolves around behavioural intervention such as Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA). The Developmental approaches are not only more favourable to autistic self-advocates, but they are significantly more cost effective.

We will continue to advocate for developmental approach services and supports such as services delivered under the umbrella of the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model including Floortime, which parents can learn quite quickly and be supported through parent coaching, as research demonstrates.

We encourage residents of Ontario to contact your local MPPs and advocate for real CHOICE in autism supports and services, which includes developmental approaches that focus on play-based interactions facilitating relating, communicating, and thinking over behavioural approaches that focus on compliance and shaping behaviour without understanding or addressing the cause of the behaviour.

Negotiating the Meaning of ‘Evidence Based’ Autistic Programming: A Survey

Negotiating the Meaning of ‘Evidence Based’ Autistic Programming: A Survey

An student in his 4th undergrad degree in Ontario is doing research on expertise and autism, and why self-advocates seem shut out of the conversation. Autistic people and organizations, as well as most non-ABA community organizations and providers, were categorically excluded from consultations for the Ontario Autism Program. If you were one of them, please take the survey. Please see for the informed consent form and questions.

Meetings with MPs

Meetings with MPs

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Earlier today I had the pleasure of meeting with Alberta MP, Mike Lake, father of an autistic young adult and advocate for autism support. We discussed how we can bring autism communities together to improve supports and services for all across Canada and I provided him with some information about and links to developmental approach organizations. Thank you for all of your work, Mike!
Thank you as well to my MP, Michael Chong, for taking the time last month to hear about families’ need for CHOICE in supports and therapies for autism when discussing a National Autism Strategy in Ottawa.

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