Ontario Association of Social Workers Welcomes Government’s Commitment to Needs-Based Autism Program

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW), the voice of social work in Ontario, is applauding the government for moving forward on a needs-based approach for the Ontario Autism Program to ensure children, youth and their families get the supports they need. 

“OASW welcomes Minister Smith’s announcement,” said Dr. Deepy Sur, CEO, OASW. “Many of Ontario’s social workers work alongside those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and providing supports based on their level of individual need is crucial to their long-term success – this will go a long way to making sure children and youth get the supports they need.”

Ontario has over 18,000 social workers, many of whom work alongside children, youth and adults living with ASD. Whether it is providing psychotherapy and counselling for those living with ASD, important supports for their families and caregivers, working with students and teachers on school-based interventions, or as members of clinical teams offering consultation, education and training, it is clear that the level of need of those living with ASD can vary significantly and an individual approach to care and funding is required.

“This is an important step in responding to the needs of those enrolled in the Ontario Autism Program,” concluded Dr. Sur. “Social workers have a critical role to play in supporting these children and their families, and OASW looks forward to working with the government and community partners to ensure those in the Program and on the waitlist receive the valuable services they deserve.” 

About OASW
OASW is the voice of social work in Ontario. It is a voluntary, bilingual, non-profit association representing approximately 5,800 social workers. All members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor, master or doctoral level. OASW works to actively speak on behalf of social workers on issues of interest to the profession and advocates for the improvement of social policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and client groups served.