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November 12, 2019

New Partnership with FIREFLY to Help Deliver OAP Services in the North

CCR is working with community partners to prepare for the scheduled implementation of the new Ontario Autism Program in April 2020. Since changes were made to OAP last year we have experienced a significant reduction in our team and capacity. While the government’s Fall Economic Statement last week confirmed the funding they have been promising, ...

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October 31, 2019

Autism Report Recognizes Needs of Families in the North, but Answers Needed Urgently on Retaining Capacity

On behalf of the Board of Directors of CCR and our team, we are pleased that the Autism Report by the Provincial Advisory Panel recognizes the needs of families in the North. We appreciate the respect and attention that the Report pays to our francophone population, First Nations, rural families and those living in remote areas. Furthermore, the im...

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October 25, 2019

Families in the North Need Governments to Work Together 

On behalf of the Child & Community Resources (CCR) Board of Directors and staff team, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the outpouring of support for our families in the north region. Thank you to parents, the media and partners throughout the province for acknowledging the stress, isolation and other challenges that...

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September 17, 2019

Update: No Fee for Services Options Available

While we await the recommendations from the Provincial Advisory Committee on changes to Ontario Autism Program (OAP), a number of our colleagues have had to make the difficult decision to secure employment elsewhere. As the overall staff team decreases we have been forced to reduce our leadership and infrastructure to align with our current reality...

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August 15, 2019

Ontario to consult on regulation of behavioural clinicians who provide autism therapy

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 expect...

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August 13, 2019

Minister Todd Smith Recognizes Unique Needs of Families in the North

This past week Minister Smith met with several families in northern Ontario to learn about their unique service needs. I appreciate the Minister taking the time to hear directly from families and for accepting my invitation to meet so that CCR could communicate your concerns and offer innovative solutions for the new Ontario Autism Program. It is e...

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August 1, 2019

What the New Autism Announcement Means for Families in the North

Minister Todd Smith announced on July 29, 2019 that Ontario is working towards a needs-based and sustainable autism program. https://news.ontario.ca/needs-based-and-sustainable-autism-program. You have been asking what this announcement means for your family. While we are happy that the families currently in service will get a six month extension, ...

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July 17, 2019

Our Transition Continues

As you are aware, effective March 31, 2020 CCR will no longer receive funding to deliver the Ontario Autism Program. Thank you for your ongoing patience as we transition our services accordingly. We are aware of your serious concern that your family may not have access to the services that you need. It is therefore with mixed emotions that I am ann...

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