Ontario Autism Program (OAP)


Children and youth who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a qualified professional are eligible for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). Children receive services and supports until the age of 18.

Currently, the model is ‘fee for service’ so the government gives you the “Childhood Budget” money and you are responsible for selecting the services for your child. Also, see below the information for our regional OAP Service Navigator. She can help you navigate which services would be best right now, and to answer any questions about the process.

Link to Ontario Autism Program website:


Eligible and Ineligible Expenses:


Disability Tax Credit

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay.


Being eligible for the DTC can also open the door to other government programs such as the child disability benefit.


Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program (ACSD)

This program provides assistance to parents with extraordinary costs associated with having a child with serious special needs.


Special Services at Home (SSAH)

This program provides funding for the personal development and growth of the family member with a disability and secondly for relief and support for the family.


Out of Home Respite Funding, Autism Respite Funding


Families of children with multiple special needs can receive respite in a location other than their own home. Funding can be accessed through FIREFLY.

Enhanced Respite Funding

Enhanced Respite Funding is provided to families caring for a medically fragile and/or technologically dependent child living at home, whose care requires ongoing, frequent and time-consuming intervention on a 24-hour basis.

Contact your Local Integrated Health Information Network (LHIN) to access.

Registered Disability Savings Program

A registered disability savings plan (RDSP) is a savings plan intended to help parents and others save for the long-term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC).


Jordan’s Principle Funding

Jordan's Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs.


Passport Initiative


Created to provide opportunities for individuals over 18 with a developmental disability and who have left school to find more ways to participate in their communities.


Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

The Ontario Disability Support Program Income Support helps people over the age of 18 with disabilities who are in financial need pay for living expenses, like food and housing.

Developmental Services Ontario

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) is the access point for adult developmental services funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) in Ontario.

If you have a developmental disability, live in Ontario, and are 18 years old you must apply through DSO to see if you are eligible to receive adult ministry-funded supports available in your community.