February 8, 2019
Holland Bloorview hosts Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announcement on autism
On Wednesday, February 6, Holland Bloorview hosted a Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) announcement about the Ontario Autism Program.
Holland Bloorview plays an important system role as a diagnostic services provider in addition to clinical and research expertise in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
New provincial funding for Holland Bloorview’s autism diagnostic hub will enable the speeding up of assessments and reduction of waitlists. Holland Bloorview has cut its wait list to 238 clients compared to 436 at the same time last year. Wait times have also been cut in half with the majority of for clients being seen within 81 days. Holland Bloorview welcomes this investment to increase system capacity. In collaboration with the other provincial hubs, Holland Bloorview will be able to meet urgent family needs and enhance access to provincial funding for children with ASD.
Holland Bloorview will work with community agency and government partners to help support families as they navigate changes to the Ontario Autism Program.
As a teaching hospital, Holland Bloorview has an interdisciplinary team of ASD experts in the areas of research, clinical care, and teaching. Holland Bloorview works with clients, families and government to promote earlier diagnosis and connection to appropriate early intervention services in the community. Holland Bloorview also offers a host of programs for parents and their children such as: swimming, music and the arts, parent talks and life skills coaching.
Holland Bloorview’s ASD program also includes capacity building focus and a world-class autism research centre that conducts research aimed at improving outcomes and quality of life for children with ASD and their families.
Holland Bloorview also offers the Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Ontario Autism program. The ECHO Ontario Autism program links Holland Bloorview’s team of experts with primary care clinicians in local communities in Ontario to build capacity and ability to screen, diagnose, and support children and youth with autism spectrum disorder.
For more information about the program, call the dedicated Autism Service Ontario toll-free number at 1-888-284-8340.