Update – Kinark providing telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic period
The health and safety of Kinark’s clients and the health and safety of the Kinark staff supporting clients remains our top priority during this COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 14, the Ontario government announced, as part of its re-opening plan, that some stores, seasonal businesses and some health and community service providers will be permitted to open or expand their services beginning Tuesday, May 19. This re-opening is dependent on the general trend of health indicators continuing to improve and that everyone re-opening has the ability to meet all necessary public health requirements. You can read the government’s announcement here.
At Kinark, we will be continuing to plan in a staged, gradual and careful way to re-open our office sites while continuing to expand our virtual services. We are committed to the safety of our clients and our staff as Job #1. Key factors in our re-opening will be making sure clients and staff have the space to physically distance when in our offices, that we have access to the necessary personal protective equipment and site cleaning, and that everyone feels as safe as possible.
Kinark is excited about all the services and supports we can now provide virtually. These will continue and continue to expand as we gradually move towards more in-person services.
- We are offering a suite of services available by phone or videoconference. For a list of available services, visit our Telehealth Services page.
- We continue to design additional service offerings based on the needs of our clients and families that can be delivered virtually.
During the pandemic period:
- The Autism Services office and our ABA centres remain closed to the public as per accepted infection prevention and control guidelines.
- Kinark has suspended all office, school and home-based services in the interest of infection prevention and control.
It can be very difficult to feel like you are staying up to date about COVID-19 when information is changing so quickly. We recommend that you visit The Public Health Agency of Canada’s website for up to date information you can trust.
Resources for Parents of Children with Autism During the Pandemic