NEW QuickStart Autism funding diagnostic assessments

Published on May 16, 2021

QuickStart Early Intervention for Autism Now Funding Diagnostic Assessments

QuickStart Autism will now fund diagnostic assessments for children up to 24 months of age who are showing signs of autism.

The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) will soon be offering Caregiver-mediated early years programs for child diagnosed with autism (up to 48 months of age). (Our QuickStart Early Intervention Program is a caregiver-mediated program.

With the long wait-times for diagnostic assessment (18 to 24 months) it's too long for families to wait.

Our QuickStart Early Intervention for Autism Board decided that we are better able to help children get that all important early intervention by funding diagnostic assessments so they can register with the Ontario Autism Program. With a diagnosis, services and funding open up to families, including the new Caregiver-mediated programs. Therefore we are putting our QuickStart Early Intervention Program on hold for the time being while we focus on funding diagnostic assessments. This way many more families will be able to get early intervention for their child.

Are you worried about your child? Did you know that parents can now follow their child's development beginning at two months of age through Baby Navigator. This is an excellent resource from Florida State University that is open to parents in Canada. The site includes videos, developmental milestones and a free screening tool for children 9 to 18 months.

This QuickStart program is open to residents of the following areas: Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell, Ottawa, Lanark, Leeds, Grenville, and Renfrew.

Parent's can self-refer (no doctor's referral is required). 

To find out more information, please email with the subject line - Diagnostic Assessment. Include your name, address, phone number, child's name and date of birth. 



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