Good News from Ontario on Autism & Education - ABA in Ontario Schools
Posted Oct 01 2008 8:04pm
Good news for autistic students in Ontario. The government of Ontario is directing ALL school boards to provide Applied Behaviour Analysis to all students with autism.
TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is improving the learning environment for students with autism spectrum disorders by directing all school boards to provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Education Minister Kathleen Wynne announced today.
"All students with autism deserve equal access to this vital teaching approach that can improve their focus on individual projects and strengthen their communication with other students in the classroom," said Wynne. "We are implementing our plan to ensure students with autism receive the best education possible."
The Ministry of Education instructed school boards today that they must provide programs that use ABA methods to students who need it. This directive is part of the government's response to the recommendations of Autism Reference Group report, Making a Difference for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Ontario Schools: From Evidence to Action, received earlier this year.
The implementation of ABA will be supported by extensive staff training starting with six to eight representatives, including superintendents, principals, teachers, teaching assistants, school support staff and Special Education Advisory Committee members, from each school board over the next two months. This will be followed by school team training - funded through a $1-million investment - for up to 1,400 principals, educational assistants and teachers over the summer months.
Additionally, the government has provided a grant of $2.75 million to the Geneva Centre for Autism. "We are very grateful for the government's support so we can provide further training on ABA approaches to school staff in the fall," said Margaret Whelan, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Autism. "This investment will allow educators to help more students with autism succeed."