Phone: 416-224-5959
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When I speak to people about services at ISAND, they tell me there are two options – SERVICE and PROGRAM. What is the difference between these two?

We are looking at how we describe the therapy models that we use and likely will be making changes however for the time being the following is generally true: Both SERVICE and PROGRAM are goal oriented and individualized, with recommended end dates. Essentially, SERVICE – is 1:1 Treatment with a therapist, typically provided in a block of sessions (e.g. up to 12 weeks at a time). There is no limit to the number of blocks that someone can participate in. PROGRAM – is group treatment with therapists set for a specific number of sessions. There is no limit to the number of times someone can participate in a group.

Is there a waiting List for services?

There is a wait time for most services and supports. Wait times vary by type of services you’re looking for.

What is the Intake Process?

The first step is to download our Intake Form so we can get can get background information. You can also call (416-224-5959) or e-mail and ask to have a copy sent to you. An intake meeting by phone will be scheduled to further discuss information included in the Intake Form, scheduling preferences, etc.

Do I need a referral from my family doctor in order to get services from ISAND?

A physician referral is only needed to see our developmental paediatricians and physicians. Families can self-refer for all other services and programs.

Are services at ISAND free?

Only services provided by our physicians are covered by OHIP. All other services are provided on a fee-for-service basis. Some Employee Benefit Plans or other insurance plans provide coverage for some of our therapies. Some therapies and programs may be eligible for Tax Credits through CRA. Other government (individualized) funding like The Ontario Autism Program Childhood Budget; Special Services at Home (SSAH) or Passport funding can be used to pay for ISAND services. ISAND also seeks grants and undertakes fundraising to help keep costs down for families.

What Clinical Disciplines are represented by ISAND Therapists?

Developmental Paediatrics; Clinical Psychology; Social Work; Speech & Language, Occupational, and Behavioural Therapy; Social work; Education; Nutrition; and Yoga/Rhythmic Movement

What do you mean by “Integrated”?

ISAND’s Therapists (Clinicians) come from nine different backgrounds and work together to provide evidence based therapies for children, youth and young adults living with autism spectrum disorder and/or other neurodevelopmental disorders including: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Intellectual Disabilities; Communication Disorders; Specific Learning Disorders; Fragile X Syndrome; and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

What does “ISAND” stand for?

ISAND is stands for “Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders”

ISAND Reacts to Minassian Verdict

It is with some relief that Justice Anne Molloy ruled against the Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) plea used by the defence of John Doe (Alex Minassian) because of his ASD diagnosis. John Doe was found guilty today of all charges laid against him for the April 2018 van attack in Toronto in which ten people were killed and sixteen others wounded.

We hope that today’s verdict brings some measure of closure to the families of the victims.

The defence team argued that Mr. Doe, did not know that his actions were morally wrong. In her sixty eight (68) page verdict, Justice Molloy was clearly of the opinion that Mr. Doe thought about the crimes he was going to commit, put in significant planning and considered the consequences of his actions. “Mr. Doe, understands that death is permanent. He understood the impact that his actions would have on his family and the families of his victims. He knew that what he was planning do to was morally wrong by society’s standards”, said Justice Molloy when presenting her verdict.

Although a measure of justice has been served, many in the autism community are concerned about the lasting impact of the defence strategy. Incorrect perceptions about people on the spectrum lacking empathy, or being violent were somehow reinforced by the defence tactics and the media coverage. The fact that Mr. Doe’s on-line radicalization, his quest to be famous, and his misogyny were the significant factors behind his crimes, may, unfortunately, be overshadowed by his diagnosis of ASD.

It’s up to each and every one of us to take every opportunity that we have to inform the public of the real factors behind these horrific accidents.