Ontario Autism Consultation Telephone Town Hall - May 31

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Ontario’s government is engaging in a month-long series of public consultations on how children and youth with autism, including those with complex needs, can be better supported. This is the largest consultation on autism in the history of the province.

Parents, families, clinicians, educators, school boards and other experts are invited to participate in the telephone town hall consultations taking place throughout May. We hope to hear from as many people as possible to help shape how we can reduce barriers for children with autism, while also looking specifically at enhancements to the Ontario Autism Program.

To register please select a date and time you would like to participate in from the dates listed in the sign-up box options. Then please ensure you provide your name and phone number.

Six telephone town hall consultation dates are scheduled:

  • May 1: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • May 6: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Focused on families who live in Northern and rural communities
  • May 11: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • May 16: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • May 22: 7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. In French
  • May 28: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • May 31: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

On the date of the telephone town hall you registered for, you will receive a phone call five minutes before its scheduled start time. This call will automatically place you into the session. All comments provided through the telephone town hall are anonymous.

All calls will be in English, except where noted above.

FAQs

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can send an email to autismconsultations@ontario.ca or go to ontario.ca/Autism for more information.

Can I attend more than one of the consultation sessions?

There is no limit to the number of participants in the phone consultations. The public may participate in any or all of the sessions available.

I have a disability and need special accommodations. What do I do?

Please contact autismconsultations@ontario.ca with your request. The Ontario government is committed to accessibility and will provide appropriate accommodations.

I speak French and require French services. What do I do?

While we will be hosting one consultation in French, please contact autismconsultations@ontario.ca with any additional accommodation requests.

Your Privacy Matters

The town hall is being administered on behalf of Ontario by a firm called Enterprise Canada Inc. (the administrator).

Notice of Collection

The personal information being collected includes:

  • Your name, email address and phone number for the purpose of registering for the town hall and calling you before the town hall to allow your participation; and
  • Your town hall responses which will be collected by the administrator and will be shared with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

The Ministry of Education may use any personal information that you provide during the town hall for the purpose of education policy development including program and service planning, evaluation, and resource allocation as well as research and statistical activity related to education. The Ministry of Education is collecting personal information, including any responses you provide in the town hall, under the authority of paragraphs 3 and 5 of subsection 8.1(1) of the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.2.

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is collecting personal information, including any responses you provide during the town hall, to hear input and advice on how the government can better meet the needs of children with autism and their families. The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is collecting personal information under the authority of s. 38(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The Ministries of Education and Children, Community and Social Services will be disclosing information collected from the town hall in de-identified and aggregate form to the Ontario Autism Program Advisory Panel for the purpose of their work related to the development of a new needs assessment process for the Ontario Autism Program.

Aggregate, de-identified information will also be shared with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the purpose of understanding how to better coordinate social services with health care supports.

Should you have any questions about this collection of personal information, please contact:

For the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services: Ontario Autism Program Administrator Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, PO Box 193, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1N3, 1-888-444-4530.

For the Ministry of Education: Director, Incubation and Design Branch, Ministry of Education, 315 Front Street West, 9th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 0B8, 416-325-5389.

Statement with respect to Collection and Disclosure of Personal Information

The government encourages you not to provide additional personal information about yourself or anyone else during the town hall. By participating in the town hall, you:

  • Agree that you will not disclose any other individual’s personal information without their consent, including your child if they are 16 years of age or older and can provide informed consent; and
  • Confirm that you have advised any individual whose personal information you may disclose that you have shown them the town hall registration form and have obtained their consent for you to disclose their personal information through the town hall and for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to collect and use the information for the purpose of:
    • education policy development including program and service planning, evaluation, and resource allocation as well as research and statistical activity related to education; and
    • to hear input and advice on how the government can better meet the needs of children with autism and their families.

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