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January 14, 2020

Working Together in 2020 for True Northern Strategy

Last year was an unprecedented time of disruption for autism services and we understand that many of you remain concerned about what will happen in 2020 and beyond. Since the New Year, we have been in contact with Minister Smith’s office several times to advocate for a true Northern Strategy that will build the required capacity to meet the ...

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December 17, 2019

Provincial Autism Strategy Announcement

Today’s announcement from the Provincial Government about plans for the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP) supports many recommendations in The Ontario Autism Advisory Panel Report. However as families, you have experienced unimaginable stress and challenges as you have waited for specifics on the new OAP. You have experienced the decreases in serv...

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December 6, 2019

Families Urgently Need Northern Strategy

Like many of you, we are eagerly anticipating an announcement from the Provincial Government about plans for the new Ontario Autism Program. We are hopeful Minister Todd Smith fully supports the recommendations in The Ontario Autism Advisory Panel Report and immediately begins to implement all recommendations for families living in Northern Ontari...

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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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