ONTARIO EXPERTS UNVEIL SCIENTIFIC REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS
FOR NEW ONTARIO AUTISM PROGRAM
Toronto, March 31, 2017 - In June 2017, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services will
launch the new Ontario Autism Program. To help individuals with autism access quality services
that they deserve, the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) assembled a
group of behaviour analysts with prominent research and practice expertise. This expert
committee has released a comprehensive scientific report on Evidence-Based Practices for
Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This report emphasizes:
Individuals with autism have the right to receive effective, individualized, evidence-
based intervention across their lifespan.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is the gold standard evidence-based intervention for
individuals with ASD.
The type, intensity, and duration of ABA interventions for individuals with autism
should be based on need to maximize the individuals success.
Individuals with autism receiving services and their families should be partners in
decision-making throughout intervention.
This scientific report was informed by over 2,000 studies and existing practice guidelines. It is
intended to help answer critical questions being posed by parents, professionals, and government
on how services should be provided for children and youth with autism in Ontario. Specifically,
it addresses intensity and duration of services, how the individuals age impacts clinical decision
making, and how services should be planned, implemented, supervised, and monitored.
"There is overwhelming evidence that ABA interventions can dramatically improve the quality
of life of individuals with autism and their families" said Louis Busch, President of ONTABA.
"Individuals should be able to access high quality ABA interventions as needed throughout their
lives. In addition to advocating for quick access to high quality individualized behaviour analytic
services, we are concerned that children and families are protected from false or misleading
claims about effective treatments and from unqualified practitioners."
"We sincerely hope the information in this report will be helpful in very practical ways to
families and practitioners as they try to make the best decisions for their children and their
clients. We also hope this information will help policy makers use public dollars most effectively
to meet the needs of this vulnerable population" said Dr. Julie Koudys, Chair of the Expert
For more information on about this report, visit http://www.ontaba.org or contact us at
Download the report here
the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis, is an Affiliate
Chapter of the Association
for Behaviour Analysis International. ONTABA currently has
members from professions such as education, nursing, health
care and psychology.
Fostering a culture of excellence, integrity, and expertise
for the advancement and promotion of the science of behaviour
To demonstrate leadership, knowledge, and innovation in education,
training, and research for the ethical and effective application
of behaviour analysis.
Evidence-Based Practices for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
ONTABA is proud to present Evidence-Based Practices for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a report of the Ontario Scientific Expert Taskforce for the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Click here to download.
ONTABA STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-2019
In June of 2016, the ONTABA Board of Directors initiated a new strategic planning process to establish current priorities and directions for the organization. The process was facilitated by an external consultant and actively involved the Board of Directors and key ONTABA stakeholders such as members, volunteers, advisers, past presidents, partner organizations, consumers of behaviour analytic services, and external policy makers. View our strategic plan here
Call for Satellite Conference Funding Proposals
Submissions for Satellite Conference Funding are now being accepted. The Satellite Conference Committee is responsible for the development and coordination of co-sponsored conferences with community-based agencies and educational institutions in the field of Behaviour Analysis.
Download an application here
For more information, or to submit an application please email firstname.lastname@example.org