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Resources for Families

Learn how to get your child assessed for autism and get a diagnosis from a qualified professional. This page also includes links to resources available in our community, toolkits for families, supports for families, and other helpful information.

We do not accept self-referrals for this service. Referrals to the diagnostic hub can be submitted by a variety of healthcare practitioners and partner agencies in our community. You can ask to have your child referred to the diagnostic hub from any of the following:

  • Primary care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner)
  • Psychologist / psychological associate
  • Psychiatrist
  • Speech language pathologist (such as Wordplay)
  • Elementary school
  • Special needs resourcing consultant (public child care settings)
  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres
  • NEO Kids Children's Treatment Centre (CTC)
  • NEO Kids Infant & Child Development Service (ICDS) Workers
  • NEO Kids Child and Youth Mental Health Program
  • Compass
  • Children's Aid Society
  • Children's Community Network
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts (PHSD) Healthy Babies Program

Some community partners can make a diagnosis in their office without referring to the hub. To do this, they must meet the following conditions:

  • OAP lists them as a qualified diagnostician (pediatrician, physician, nurse practitioner, psychologist, psych associate, psychiatrist)
  • They have the skills, knowledge, and ability to make an accurate diagnosis
  • The client meets the diagnostic criteria and does not require any further testing to make the diagnosis.

If you are working with a diagnostician outside the hub, you must ensure that you receive a diagnostic letter that meets the OAP acceptance criteria. 


Access to Funding

Ontario Autism Program
Children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) be a qualified professional are eligible for the program. Children receive services and supports until the age of 18.

is the Ontario Autism Program’s Independent Intake Organization that supports everyone registered in the Ontario Autism Program.

Disability Tax Credit (DTC)
The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable federal tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the income tax they may have to pay. Individuals may claim the disability amount once they are eligible for the DTC. This amount includes a supplement for persons under 18 years of age at the end of the year. The purpose of the DTC is to provide for greater tax equity by allowing some relief for disability costs, since these are unavoidable additional expenses that other taxpayers don’t have to face.

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program
This provincial program provides financial support for eligible families to cover some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a severe disability.

Special Services at Home
Learn about funding to help with costs related to respite, personal growth and development for your child with physical and/or developmental disabilities.

Children's Community Network
If you cannot apply for any of these credits independently and require 1:1 support, please contact Children’s Community Network.


Private Service Providers

Private service providers may be able to work with private insurance companies to support the costs of therapy.

Roots & Wings Psychology

Mariani and Associates


Supports available in Elementary Schools & High Schools 

Support for students with autism

Individual education plans


Other Services

Greater Sudbury Police - Vulnerable Persons Registry
The Vulnerable Person Registry is a service offered by the Greater Sudbury Police Service where vulnerable persons who have a physical, mental health, cognitive, or medical condition that may require special attention in an emergency can be registered. The information provided will only be used by first responders to assist you or your loved one in a crisis situation.



Parent Training

Autism Speaks Canada - My Autism Guide
Find the 100-day tool kits, videos, parent training, and other free resources by creating an account wiht Autism Speaks Canada.

WHO’s training for caregivers
An online training programme for caregivers of children with developmental delays or disabilities, including autism; requires you to register for an OpenWHO account.

Autism Community Training (ACT) - All Videos
ACT Videos are presented by respected clinicians committed to sharing the latest in research and clinical experience. There are now 80 videos on diverse topics, including Toilet Training, Sleep, Mental Health, PBS, IEP’s, Research, and much more.






Contact Us

Health Sciences North
Ramsey Lake Health Centre
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 5J1

Phone: 705-523-7120

Fax: 705-671-7377

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Register for AccessOAP

Not yet registered with the Ontario Autism Program? Visit the AccessOAP website to get your OAP number.