Welcome to the Dufferin Region Community Services and Supports page!
Community Services provides consultation and support to individuals, families, schools and other agencies regarding issues surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Consultation and teaching focuses on behavioural supports, communication strategies, life and social skills, long term planning and school advocacy. For more information or to complete an intake, please call 1-519-940-3590 ext 222.
Dufferin Contact Information
Hours: Please contact us at the number below to book an appointment.
Phone: (519) 940-3590
Fax: (519) 943-3650
What does Community Services and Supports offer in the Dufferin area?
The Ontario Autism Program (OAP)
The Ontario Autism Program will ensure autism services for children and youth are delivered consistently across the province, allow for flexibility and choice based on each child’s needs, and give families confidence in receiving quality services. Learn more about the Ontario Autism Program (OAP).
Resource Centre and Library
Families and individuals being supported by Kerry’s Place Autism Services have access to our Resource Library. In addition, access to computers is available including internet access for researching information relating to Autism Spectrum Disorder and for accessing picture communication symbol software. An account must be created before borrowing any resources with an email address. Create a library account and/or to look up books online.
- Books, DVDs, magazines
- Computer and Internet Service
- Boardmaker Software
Consultation services provides time limited assistance from an Autism Consultant who can work with a family in learning a new skill or strategy for a specific situation or to teach a new skill. These areas can include:
- Support/Behavioral strategies
- Communication strategies
- Life skills
- Social skills
- Long-term planning & respite supports
- Information on Kerry’s Place services
Consultation appointments provide an opportunity for individuals with A.S.D and/or their families to meet with an Autism Consultant to discuss issues and concerns specific to their situation. Appointments can be booked on a first come, first served basis and are held at Kerry’s Place Resource Centres. Appointments are also open to support workers, teachers and other professionals.
Family Support Groups
Family Support Groups are offered to provide family members with an opportunity for mutual support and to share experiences, challenges, success and hope. Outside speakers are occasionally provided concerning specific topics requested (i.e. education, advocacy, long-term planning). Learn more and register for Family Resource Day – Ongoing Group Session!
Kerry’s Place adult supports consist of small group, community based day supports including employment supports and some social groups for people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Supports are individualized as much as possible to ensure success. Participants will need to be deemed eligible by Developmental Services Ontario or have Individualized Funding to access the supports. For more information contact Beverly Howell at 905-457-1130 ext 209 or email@example.com.
Kerry’s Place provides a variety of workshops throughout our region. We are able to work with parents, community partners and schools to provide information and strategies on a large number of Autism related topics. Some of the subjects we have covered are an introduction to autism, communication strategies, navigating the special education system, and make and take visuals. We are happy to modify our information to be relevant to any audience from school aged children to adults. Workshops can be held at our resource centres, or other convenient locations within the community. Learn more and register for Workshops.**New Training Workshops Coming**
Social groups are offered to children and/or youth with ASD. These groups provide an opportunity for social interaction, skill development and developing friendships. The groups are held at various locations in your local community or possibly one of our Resource Centres. View the Kids Club & Teen Group Flyer.
Respite Groups provide meaningful, recreational, and social opportunities for its participants in a safe and enriching environment. Respite groups provide temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for a family member with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Respite creates greater opportunities for all family members to live actively and participate in community activities while allowing caregivers time for themselves. Learn more and register for Respite Training Workshops.
To access residential supports in Ontario, participants will need to qualify for and be registered through the Developmental Services of Ontario (DSO). For your local DSO office number, please refer to the Developmental Services of Ontario website.