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 Committee.

For more information on about this report, visit http://www.ontaba.org or contact us at contact@ontaba.org.

Download the report here.
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ONTABA, 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.

Our Vision:
Fostering a culture of excellence, integrity, and expertise for the advancement and promotion of the science of behaviour analysis.

Our Mission:
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 conference@ontaba.org.

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