Welcome to the Halton 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. For more information or to complete an intake, please call 905-457-1130 ext. 250 or email Peelhaltoninquiry@nullkerrysplace.org.
What does Community Services and Supports offer in the Halton 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).
Consultation appointments are topic focused sessions facilitated in a Kerry’s Place resource centre or Halton region, and are offered for a one hour period at a variety of times including evenings. Consultation appointments provide an opportunity for a family and/or an individual with ASD to meet with an Autism Consultant to discuss challenges and concerns specific to their situation as needed. These areas can include, but are not limited to:
- Autism education
- Communication strategies
- Strategies for daily living skills
- Emotional regulation and behavioural strategies
- Information on Kerry’s Place services
Appointments are also open to support workers, teachers and other professionals.
To book a consultation appointment, please contact 905-457-1130 ext 250.
Resource Centre And Library
Kennedy Mississauga Resource Centre
6660 Kennedy Road, Unit 6. Mississauga, ON L5T 2M9
Hours: Please contact the Resource Centre for office hours.
Phone: (905) 293-9788
Fax: (905) 293-9776
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
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 Adam Mulqueen-Ducker at (905) 363-1111 ext.208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transitional Adult Services
Kerry’s Place Autism Services provides a wide range of services to support you along your path to adulthood and employment. Where are you on your path?
Respite care provides a planned short term break from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for a family member with complex needs. Respite allows families and caregivers the opportunity for all family members to rest and recharge while knowing their child is in the care of trained, experienced, and caring staff.
Children’s Respite Home Program:
- Children must live in the Region of Peel, Halton, Wellington & Dufferin
- Children ages 5 to the age of 18 years (after their 18th birthday they no longer eligible)
- Children must have an official diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (proof of diagnosis is required)
- Support is offered in a home-like setting with meals and structured activities
- Support can be afterschool, for the day or even overnight
- Support is geared for 2 children to 1 staff ratio’s but 1:1 can be accommodated
- Children requiring more than 1 support staff can access supports at an additional cost.
- Referrals must be made by service coordinator
Kerry’s Place Autism Services 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 centers, or other convenient locations within the community. Please contact 905-363-1111 ext 200 or CWRregistration@nullkerrysplace.org.
We also offer Respite Training Workshops for those interested. Learn more and register for workshops.
Sibling groups are run in conjunction with Halton Support Services and Community Living North Halton. These groups provide an opportunity for children who have siblings with ASD and/or a Developmental Disability to meet, learn and share experiences together in a safe and structured environment.
Social Skills Groups
Social Skills Groups are offered to children and youth diagnosed with ASD. The groups are held at Kerry’s Place Resource Centres and/or various locations within the local community. The purpose of Social Skills Groups is to foster learning and provide an opportunity for skills development. Groups allow social interactions, and can even cultivate friendships in a safe environment, free of judgement and criticism.
For more information regarding the Social Skills Group format and registration process please view the following: Social Group Registration Child/Youth.
We are pleased to offer a summer day camp experience for children who are between 6 & 17 years old. Children will participate in an exciting and educational program facilitated by trained counselors to encourage and support your child while at camp.
This camp is designed for individuals who are able to participate with minimal support. The individual may need some prompts to stay on task, and is able to communicate wants and needs effectively. The individual does not require a lot of behavioral redirection. Should you require extra support to participate in the activities you are welcome to join with the support of your own 1:1 worker.
Young Adults Project
The Young Adults Project (YAP) is a new initiative at Kerry’s Place which focuses on supporting persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are looking to enter the workforce and retain meaningful employment. The Young Adults Project provides individualized support to young adults with ASD at any point in their employment journey. The YAP participants work 1:1 with an Autism Consultant to establish employment goals, attend workshops, connect with service providers, advocate for accommodations and maintain employment.
For more information, please click here https://kerrysplace.emhware.ca/self-referral/