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June 9th, 2020

Ontario Autism Program


By: Theresa and Doug Harrison

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region has been my go-to help for much of my son Will’s life.

In August 2019, we learned that my son Will was eligible for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) funding. When I looked at the forms, my anxiety level turned to panic. I immediately contacted EAFWR and spoke to one of their Support Coordinators. I explained that I needed help with the forms for my son’s OAP funding. Her immediate response calmed me. She told me not to worry as we could meet and she would help me fill out the forms.

There were so many guidelines so I asked our Coordinator if EAFWR would hold the OAP funds and help us set a plan for Will to fully benefit from it and make life easier for him with his autism.Together, my husband, myself and our Coordinator  sat at a coffee shop and went over the forms with much detail. We filled in the names, numbers, contacts, emails, and signatures.

Will and his mother, Theresa

I could not have done this without our Coordinator’s help and support. She even faxed out the forms so we would meet the deadline to set Will’s OAP in the government system. EAFWR has access to knowledge for what benefits Will could use the OAP funding for and our Coordinator explained in detail as to what we could do and could not do with these funds.

While we have not been able to use the funds yet because of COVID-19 and physical distancing, EAFWR has given us full communications and kept us informed through emails. We have been supported and know Will’s OAP funding will be handled in an organized manner.  We feel that EAFWR is well qualified to take care of the OAP funds and help Will find the best help he needs.