March 21, 2019 Minister Lisa MacLeod announced enhancements to planned government changes to the Ontario Autism Program, scheduled to take effect April 1. ONTABA, like many in the community, had requested that the Ministry pause the imminent changes, which were considered detrimental to children with autism. We thank Minister MacLeod for listening to the community's call for a pause, and hope this signals a new openness to engage in meaningful consultation with parents and professionals about evidence-based services for children and youth with autism.
ONTABA has consistently offered our professional expertise throughout this process, and remains fully committed to meaningful consultation and collaboration with all government to help address the needs of people with autism and their families, many of whom benefit from ABA services. We respectfully request that ONTABA be viewed as one of the integral groups that is called to the table to contribute our expertise, experience, and passion.
The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) is the largest not-for-profit professional organization representing behaviour analysts in Canada. Our mission is to demonstrate leadership, knowledge, and innovation in education, training, and research for the ethical and effective application of behaviour analysis. ONTABA has been working for many years towards autonomous regulation of behaviour analysts to ensure public protection for recipients of behaviour analytic services. ONTABA is not a lobby group.
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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.
Fostering a culture of excellence, integrity, and expertise for the advancement and promotion of the science of behaviour analysis.
To demonstrate leadership, knowledge, and innovation in education, training, and research for the ethical and effective application of behaviour analysis.