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Autism Services


Autism is a complex developmental disorder that may affect communication, social interaction skills and behaviour. KidsAbility is the local provider for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) in the Region of Waterloo and the County of Wellington. The OAP provides evidence-based behavioural services that are flexible, individualized and based on a child’s unique needs and strengths.


The key components of the program include:


  • A single point of access. There will be one entry point to the OAP to make it easier for families to access services for their child. In our area, this is managed by ErinoakKids.
  • Family-centred decision making. As key partners in their child’s care, families will be actively engaged in the assessment, goal-setting and intervention planning process for their child.
  • Collaborative approach to service. A foundation of the new OAP will be the collaborative approach taken by community support service providers, clinicians and educators to support children’s needs at home, during service and in school.
  • Service based on need. Services will be flexible and individualized. The intensity and duration of the services a child or youth receives are based on their needs and strengths, regardless of age. Each child’s service plan will be determined by clinical assessment.
  • Safe, effective autism services. The province intends to regulate ABA practitioners to help ensure families receive safe, high-quality services, have confidence in their providers and know where to go if they have a concern. 


Referral Criteria:

Under the Ontario Autism Program (OAP), children and youth birth to 18 years of age are eligible for services with a documented diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). KidsAbility is the regional provider for children from birth up until their ninth birthday, and for children age nine and up, the regional provider is Kerry's Place. 


To access this service, please contact 1-877-374-6625.


Early Signs of Autism

Autism Family Research Study

An invitation to participate in a research study on the impacts of Autism Services in Ontario on family and child well-being.