The following is a list of community resources for parents of children with ASD in Ontario. This is not an exhaustive list, nor an endorsement of any particular agency or organization.
1) A Circle of Support
Richmond Hill, ON
Tel: 905-762-9909 x222
A not-for-profit corporation providing community residential treatment programs to serve the needs of autistic and developmentally handicapped children in family-like residential settings in The Greater Toronto Area.
2) Autism Outreach Services (AOS)
102 York Mills Rd., North York, Ontario M2L 1K2
Provides support and services for families and children with autism, PDD, and other related disorders. Services include: consultation home based program set-up, staff training, parent training, and workshops.
3) Geneva Centre for Autism
112 Merton Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2Z8
Tel: 416-322-7877 or Toll Free: 1-866-Geneva-9
Offers clinical services to children and adults with ASD in the greater Toronto area, as well as information, training and conferences. Geneva Centre offers year round workshops and certificate courses focused on Autism Spectrum Disorders throughout the lifespan.
4) Nelson Youth Centres
Saturday Social Skills Kids Club 4225 New Street, Burlington, Ontario L7L 1T3
The Saturday Social Skills program serves children aged 8-14 diagnosed with high functioning ASD. This group runs in 8-week blocks with various social themes (e.g., friendship, communication, emotions). The group is designed to allow each child to develop social skills through fun recreational programming.
5) Woodview Learning Centre
69 Flatt Road, Burlington, ON, Canada L7R 3X5
Tel: 905-690-8503 firstname.lastname@example.org
A private, not-for-profit, elementary school for children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education. Woodview offers a program catering to the individual needs of each student, while providing an atmosphere to enhance social communication and self-care skills in a small classroom setting.
6) Autism Ontario
1179 King St. West, Suite 004, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C5
Web: http://www.autism ontario.com
A bilingual source of information and referral on autism. Services include: advocacy and support, research, best practices, government relations, public awareness, governance. Members are connected through a volunteer network of chapters throughout Ontario.
7) Autism Society of Canada
1670 Heorn Rd, Box 22017, Ottawa, ON, K1V-0C2
Bilingual information on autism and referrals to services and resources.
8) Children at Risk
235 Donald St. Suite 212, Ottawa, ON K1K 1N1 Tel: 613-741-8255
A registered charity that provides developmental services in the Greater Ottawa area to families with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Programs Include: Friendship social skill therapy groups, intensive behavioural training groups, sibling support groups, information seminars and educational workshops for families.
9) Ministry of Children and Youth Services
This Ministry provides applications for and access to two programs offering financial assistance to families with children with special needs: (1) The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program and (2) The Special Services at Home Program.
10) Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
Tel: 310-CCAC (2222) French: 310-CASC (2272)
Partners with local grade schools for provision of therapy, consultation and direct services within school programs.
This website provides information for parents, children and youth on various special needs including autism spectrum disorder. Information includes parent tip sheets in different languages, educational videos and free downloadable visuals.
12) Griffin Centre
24 Silverview Dr, North York, ON M2M 2B3 Web: http://www.griffin-centre.org Tel: 416-222-1153 ext. 188
Griffin Centre offers the Partnership in Autism (PIA) program for families and caregivers of youth with autism spectrum disorders. The PIA program provides family support and behaviour consultation.
13) Toronto Children’s Services – Special Needs Fee Subsidy
If your child is registered in a city-regulated childcare, a resource consultant may be available. A resource consultant provides guidance to daycare staff on how to support the needs of children with special needs. Speak with the daycare supervisor about this service.
14) Kerry’s Place Autism Services (Toronto Region)
12A – 219 Dufferin St. Toronto, ON M6K 3J1
This agency provides a resource centre for parents, teen social skills groups, music groups, swimming programs, etc.
15) Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Rd. Toronto, ON, M4G-1R8
Tel: 416-425-6220 ext. 3735
This agency offers monthly information sessions for parents that have children with autism spectrum disorders on a wide range of topics.
200-3300 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, M4N-2L6
This agency helps create relationships between families who have children with disabilities and others in their community. Family coordinators can connect families with local resources, friendship circles, host families and family support groups.
17) Community Living Toronto
Location: Various locations
Tel: 647-426-3219 or 647-426-3220
This agency provides services to children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Parent support, behaviour consultation, home management and sibling workshops are available to families. Weekday/Weekend respite programs are offered through Ennerdale and Lawsone locations.
18) Youth Link
747 Warden Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 4A8
This agency provides family support services, counseling and parent support groups.
19) Developmental Services Ontario
Tel: 1-855-DS-ADULT (1-855-372-3858)
This agency helps adults with development disabilities and their families connect to services and supports in their communities. Families can begin the registration process when their child is 16 years old.
20) MyAutismTeam (Ontario) – Social Network for Parents of Children with ASD
Social network to find support groups in your area.
21) St. Clair and Youth Services, Sarnia, Ontario
Web: http://www.stclair.ca Tel: 529-337-3701
A children’s mental health centre that serves the needs of children with autism (ages 6- 18) and their families through their dual diagnosis program. The program offers a range of services that include individual and family interventions, behavioural supports, advocacy, resource counseling, and a peer mediated support network program through the schools. Service can be provided in the home, school or community.
22) The online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Provides a resource for families and individuals to deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS). Very comprehensive website with many articles, news, blogs, and a forum on a variety of topics related to Asperger and Autism.
23) Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Website of Peel Region
Resource set up by Peel School District regarding programs for children with autism spectrum disorders.
24) Chatham-Kent Family Support Network
143 Wellington Street W., Suite 104, Chatham, ON, N7M 1J5
An incorporated, non-profit charitable organization, comprised primarily of families who have children with special needs, with representation across the municipality of Chatham-Kent.