Letter to Parents from Minister Coteau

Letter to Parents with Children and Youth with Autism from Minister Coteau

 

This letter was originally posted on the MCYS website. To view a French version of the letter, please click here.

 


Letter to families currently receiving $8,000 and $10,000 payments

Dear parents, families and caregivers in our autism community:

It’s my pleasure to connect with you as we prepare to close the calendar year.

Earlier this year, in June, I announced the new Ontario Autism Program (also known as the OAP). This new program is the result of the hard work and passion of many dedicated families, stakeholders, service providers, advocates, professionals and other experts. The changes introduced in June were focused on providing child, youth and family-centred services that offer families choice, confidence and consistency in the services they receive.

I am writing today to provide you with an update regarding one of these principles—choice. Back in May, I committed that a direct funding option would be available in the new program by the end of this year. I am pleased to say that we have met this commitment and a direct funding option for evidence-based behavioural services will be implemented as part of the OAP.

I would like to thank you for your patience as the ministry has worked to design this option. I want you to have confidence that the new OAP puts the needs of children, youth and families first.

Beginning in the new year, you will be welcomed into the OAP with the choice of either receiving funding to purchase evidence-based behavioural services for your child or youth, or receiving services offered through one of Ontario’s regional providers. I encourage you to work with your existing providers as well as your regional provider to ask questions and discuss next steps for your family. Regardless of which service option you choose, you can expect to be supported with the information you need so that you and your child experience a smooth entry to the OAP. To enable a smooth transition, families currently receiving $8,000 and $10,000 payments may continue accessing these payments until March 31, 2018.

If you have any questions or would like more information, I invite you to visit ontario.ca/autism, and/or contact your regional provider.

I will continue to engage with families, caregivers, advocates, clinicians and providers to listen and hear about your experiences. I invite any of you who would like to share your feedback and hear the experiences of other families across Ontario to join my two upcoming tele-town halls.

The first session is on January 11, 2018, at 7 p.m. and the second will take place on January 17, 2018, at 7 p.m. Further details will be provided shortly.

Ontario is transforming the way that children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their families, receive services and supports through the new OAP. I thank you for the invaluable guidance and, most importantly, advocacy for your children. You have contributed greatly to shaping a program that will ultimately help young people with ASD reach their full potential and succeed.

Sincerely,

Michael Coteau
Minister


Chers parents, familles et fournisseurs de soins de notre communauté de l’autisme:

C’est un plaisir pour moi de m’adresser à vous pendant que nous nous préparons à terminer l’année civile.

Plus tôt cette année, au mois de juin, j’ai annoncé la venue du nouveau Programme ontarien des services en matière d’autisme (également appelé le POSA). Ce nouveau programme est le fruit du dur labeur et de la passion d’un nombre important de familles, d’intervenantes et intervenants, de fournisseurs de services, de défenseurs des droits, de professionnelles et professionnels et d’autres experts dévoués. Les changements apportés en juin visaient principalement à offrir des services axés sur les enfants, les jeunes et les familles qui procurent à ces dernières un choix, une uniformité ainsi qu’une confiance à l’égard des services qu’elles reçoivent.

Je vous écris aujourd’hui afin de faire le point avec vous sur l’un de ces principes : le choix. Je me suis engagé, au mois de mai, à ce qu’une option de financement direct soit offerte dans le cadre du Programme d’ici la fin de la présente année. Je suis heureux d’affirmer que nous avons respecté cet engagement et qu’une option de financement direct destiné à des services comportementaux fondés sur des données probantes sera intégrée au POSA.

J’aimerais vous remercier de votre patience pendant que le Ministère travaillait à la conception de cette option. Je peux vous assurer que le nouveau POSA accorde la
priorité aux besoins des enfants, des jeunes et des familles.

Au début de la prochaine année, vous serez accueillis dans le POSA en ayant le choix de recevoir un financement afin de vous procurer des services comportementaux fondés sur des données probantes pour votre enfant ou votre jeune ou de recevoir des services offerts par l’un des fournisseurs régionaux de l’Ontario. Je vous encourage à collaborer avec vos fournisseurs actuels, ainsi qu’avec votre fournisseur régional, afin de poser des questions et de discuter des prochaines étapes concernant votre famille. Peu importe l’option de service que vous choisirez, vous pouvez vous attendre à être accompagnés en recevant les renseignements qu’il vous faut afin que vous puissiez adhérer au POSA avec votre enfant en douceur. Afin de permettre une transition harmonieuse, les familles qui reçoivent actuellement des paiements de 8 000 $ et de 10 000 $ pourront continuer d’y avoir accès jusqu’au 31 mars 2018.

Si vous avez des questions ou si vous aimeriez avoir plus de renseignements, je vous invite à visiter le site ontario.ca/autisme et/ou à communiquer avec votre fournisseur régional du POSA.

Je continuerai de m’entretenir avec les familles, les fournisseurs de soins, les défenseurs des droits, les cliniciennes et cliniciens et les fournisseurs afin d’écouter et
d’entendre vos expériences. J’invite toutes les personnes qui aimeraient partager leurs impressions et entendre les expériences vécues par d’autres familles de l’Ontario à se joindre à moi à l’occasion de mes deux téléconférences publiques à venir.

La première séance se tiendra le 11 janvier 2018 à 19 h tandis que la deuxième aura lieu le 17 janvier 2018 à 19 h. D’autres détails seront communiqués sous peu.

L’Ontario transforme la façon dont les enfants et les jeunes qui sont atteints d’un trouble du spectre de l’autisme et leur famille reçoivent des services et des soutiens grâce au nouveau POSA. Je vous remercie de vos conseils inestimables et, surtout, de défendre les droits de vos enfants. Vous avez contribué de manière importante à façonner un programme qui, en bout de ligne, aidera les jeunes atteints d’un TSA à donner leur pleine mesure et à réussir.

Veuillez agréer l’expression de mes meilleurs sentiments.

Michael Coteau
Ministre

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Annual General Meeting 2017

Posted by on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 ·  

You’re invited to Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services / Contact Brant‘s Joint Annual General Meeting!

Please see details of the event in the flyer attached!

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Ray’s Place Charity Golf Tournament

Posted by on Thursday, August 17, 2017 ·  

Join us on Saturday, September 16th at Ray’s Place 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of Woodview’s Hamilton Day Treatment Programs! Click here for further details, or visit the event page below!

 

To register for the Golf Tournament, please contact John Fitzgerald at 905-220-4044

 

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You’re invited to Paint Nite!

Posted by on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 ·  

You’re invited to a Paint Nite fundraiser for Woodview’s LIFE program! See flyer below for details.

To sign up, visit: https://www.paintnite.com/events/-1207526

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CASDA – Canadian Autism Leadership Summit 2017

Posted by on Monday, May 15, 2017 ·  

By: Robin Brennan, Director of Autism Services, and Ola Kusnierz, Program Manager – ABA Services and Supports

CASDA is the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance, a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing a comprehensive National Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Framework. Woodview has been a voting member of CASDA for four years.

CASDA hosts a Leadership Summit each year to engage service providers, researchers, self-advocates, families, and policy makers in discussions to share information about provincial diversity, national initiatives, community based services, and research in the ASD field.

This year’s Summit was held in Ottawa from April 3rd to 5th and included presentations by Senator Jim Munson and MP Mike Lake, as well as a reception on Parliament Hill.

The Summit began with a select group of registrants tackling key areas of employment for youth and adults with autism. Discussion groups brainstormed the core skills job coaches require, possible accreditation of job coaches, development and assessment of key skills for job readiness, as well as reviewing the current national employment initiatives. The opportunity for participation in national working groups was also presented.

Woodview’s Job Train Program, in collaboration with MacART and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), garnered much interest from across the country. The Job Train Program teaches 15 to 17 year olds with ASD work readiness skills through a 12 week Job Club, while providing 8 weeks of paid job coach supported summer employment at McMaster University.

Dr. Jonathan Weiss was the highlight of day two. He presented his work to date as the Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research. Dr.Weiss’ research focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with ASD, including cognitive-behavioural and social skill interventions to promote resilience and improve the mental health of children and adults with ASD.

The Secret Agent Society, an evidence based intervention for 8-12 year olds developed by Dr. Renae Beaumont at the University of Queensland in Australia, was featured as having excellent outcomes for children with ASD experiencing difficulties with anger, sadness / depression, and /or anxiety .

My Mind, mindfulness training for adolescents with ASD and their parents, was another intervention presented by Dr. Weiss that is having positive results.

The Summit ended with a day filled with break-out groups discussing promising practices under four themes: Employment Readiness and Transition; Family Supports and Navigation; Building Community Capacity; and Community Engagement and Quality of Life.

The Summit was a wonderful opportunity to learn, share, and connect with people from across Canada while representing Woodview and promoting our ASD programs.

Robin Brennan, Director of Autism Services with Dr Stelios Georgiades and Dr Briano DeRiezzi from MacART
at the CASDA leadership summit in Ottawa, presenting the Job Train Program poster.

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CASDA – Canadian Autism Leadership Summit 2017

Posted by on Monday, May 15, 2017 ·  

By: Robin Brennan, Director of Autism Services, and Ola Kusnierz, Program Manager – ABA Services and Supports

CASDA is the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance, a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing a comprehensive National Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Framework. Woodview has been a voting member of CASDA for four years.

CASDA hosts a Leadership Summit each year to engage service providers, researchers, self-advocates, families, and policy makers in discussions to share information about provincial diversity, national initiatives, community based services, and research in the ASD field.

This year’s Summit was held in Ottawa from April 3rd to 5th and included presentations by Senator Jim Munson and MP Mike Lake, as well as a reception on Parliament Hill.

The Summit began with a select group of registrants tackling key areas of employment for youth and adults with autism. Discussion groups brainstormed the core skills job coaches require, possible accreditation of job coaches, development and assessment of key skills for job readiness, as well as reviewing the current national employment initiatives. The opportunity for participation in national working groups was also presented.

Woodview’s Job Train Program, in collaboration with MacART and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), garnered much interest from across the country. The Job Train Program teaches 15 to 17 year olds with ASD work readiness skills through a 12 week Job Club, while providing 8 weeks of paid job coach supported summer employment at McMaster University.

Dr. Jonathan Weiss was the highlight of day two. He presented his work to date as the Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research. Dr.Weiss’ research focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with ASD, including cognitive-behavioural and social skill interventions to promote resilience and improve the mental health of children and adults with ASD.

The Secret Agent Society, an evidence based intervention for 8-12 year olds developed by Dr. Renae Beaumont at the University of Queensland in Australia, was featured as having excellent outcomes for children with ASD experiencing difficulties with anger, sadness / depression, and /or anxiety .

My Mind, mindfulness training for adolescents with ASD and their parents, was another intervention presented by Dr. Weiss that is having positive results.

The Summit ended with a day filled with break-out groups discussing promising practices under four themes: Employment Readiness and Transition; Family Supports and Navigation; Building Community Capacity; and Community Engagement and Quality of Life.

The Summit was a wonderful opportunity to learn, share, and connect with people from across Canada while representing Woodview and promoting our ASD programs.

CASDA Robin

Robin Brennan, Director of Autism Services with Dr Stelios Georgiades and Dr Briano DeRiezzi from MacART
at the CASDA leadership summit in Ottawa, presenting the Job Train Program poster.

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Golf Tournaments June 2017!

Posted by on Monday, April 24, 2017 ·  

Join us at one of our annual Golf Tournaments this June, generously hosted by the Jeff Roche & Hannah Gordon-Roche Memorial Foundation and the Brant Business Builders!

 

Proceeds support the Woodview Learning Centre and Camp Unity!

 

8th Annual Jeff Roche & Hannah-Gordon Roche Memorial Golf Tournament

Camp Unity Annual Golf Tournament

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Lowville Golf Club
2662 Britannia Road
Burlington, ON

Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Oaks of St. George Golf Club
269 German School Road
Brant, ON

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