New Skill-building Mentorship Program for Children and Youth with Autism

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Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services

The new Ontario Autism Program aims to ensure autism services for children and youth are delivered consistently across the province, allow for flexibility and choice based on each child’s needs, and give families confidence in receiving quality services.

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This support will allow Jake's House to launch the Legends Mentoring Program. In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, this program will pair children and youth with autism between the ages of 6 and 18 with mentors to help them develop strong communication and relationship-building skills.

This support is in addition to the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP), which will begin June 26. The new OAP aims to provide flexible, family-centred service for children and their families all across the province. The program includes a single point of access to make it easier for parents to access services for their child, individualized service based on each child's unique needs and a direct funding option to be implemented by the end of the year that provides all families with a choice between receiving direct service or receiving funding to purchase services for their child.