If you think your child is eligible and they are not currently registered for the OAP, you should apply to the program today.
Make sure you have a written diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and documents that show your child is under 18 and lives in Ontario, before you get started.
There are three easy ways to apply:
Is my child eligible for the OAP?
To be eligible for the OAP, a child must:
- be under age 18,
- currently live in Ontario, and
- have a written diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder from a qualified professional including, but not limited to a:
- nurse practitioner or,
- ministry-funded diagnostic hub.
(Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm Eastern Time).
What new supports will AccessOAP offer my family?
Families have access to care coordinators who can help them navigate the system and support them in making informed decisions about what services are right for them.
More families will be able to access core clinical services, where care coordinators will guide families through a determination of needs process to identify their child’s support needs and funding.
A modern family portal will help families understand what services are available to them, keep track of spending, directly message care coordinators within AccessOAP, and manage their personalized accounts
My child is registered in the Ontario Autism Program, but I haven’t received an email or letter from the Government of Ontario with a transition code. How do I set up an account?
As of December 2022, the Government of Ontario sent everyone registered in the OAP an email or letter to create an account with AccessOAP.
If you didn’t receive your letter or email, please contact the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services’ Central Resource Team:
Once you receive the email or letter from the ministry, please follow the steps outlined in the email or letter to set up an account with AccessOAP.
My child has been diagnosed with autism. How do we find out about services?
The first step is to create an account with us. Once you have an account, you can contact a care coordinator by phone or through messaging to discuss your options and next steps. Or, you can proceed to register a child or youth online and access your family dashboard. Either way, once you set up your account, you can work with a care coordinator at any point you choose.
My child just received a diagnosis of autism, am I eligible for OAP services?
Your child is eligible to register for the OAP and receive government-funded services if they have received a written diagnosis of autism from a qualified professional, are under 18 years of age and live in Ontario.
I think my child is on the autism spectrum. How do we get services?
To get services through AccessOAP we need three things: evidence that the person is under18 years old, evidence that they live in Ontario and a diagnosis of autism from one of the following: a licensed physician; a licensed nurse practitioner, a licensed psychologist or an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Hub. There are five Diagnostic Hubs in Ontario, you can find more information on them here.
What needs to be included in a written autism spectrum disorder diagnosis?
Your child’s written diagnosis must include:
- your child’s full name and date of birth
- the date of your child’s assessment
- a statement indicating that the child meets the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder
- the qualified professional’s name and credentials
Who can provide a written diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder?
A diagnosis of autism for your child or youth can be obtained from qualified professionals who have undergone specific training. These include, but are not limited to:
- doctors, such as family physicians, pediatricians, developmental pediatricians and psychiatrists
- psychologists and psychological associates
- nurse practitioners
You can also receive a diagnosis of autism from one of the five diagnostic hubs funded by the ministry.
Who is AccessOAP?
Accerta Services Inc. operates AccessOAP. Together with Autism Ontario, Serefin and McMaster University (Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) and the Offord Centre for Child Studies), we will deliver services as the independent intake organization funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to help families access autism services across the province. Learn more about AccessOAP.
What is the difference between AccessOAP and the OAP?
AccessOAP is an independent intake organization funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to help families access autism services across the province.
The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) is a provincially-funded government needs-based program that offers a range of services and supports to families of children and youth on the autism spectrum.
How long does it take to create an AccessOAP account?
If you choose to create your AccessOAP account online or by phone and have all the information you need, it should not take more than a few minutes. If you choose to create your AccessOAP account by mail, it will take up to 5 days from the date we receive your complete information package through the mail.