Many parents have asked me how to access ABA now that Ohio has been ordered to provide it to children. It is important that the autism community understands who is impacted by this order that came down from the U.S. Department of Education to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Children that will be impacted are ages 0 to 3 in the early intervention (EI) state program that is funded by IDEA Part C. Here is an excerpt from the letter dated September 5, 2013 from the US Department of Education to the ODH:
“Ensure compliance in the interim with IDEA Part C regulations throughout the FFY 2013 grant period, including making available early intervention services, which could include applied behavior analysis or ABA therapy, if identified by the child's individual family service plans (IFSP) team as necessary to meet the unique developmental needs of that particular infant or toddler.”
The Autism Society of Ohio will continue monitoring developments of this news and will update the autism community very soon.