Simcoe County Supports and Services

Welcome to the Simcoe County Community Services and Supports page!

All calls for Community Services and Supports are directed through the Community Services Access Line at (905) 713-6808 ext 350 or yorksimcoeaccess@kerrysplace.org. This includes:

  • Families/individuals who are connecting with Kerry’s Place Autism Services for the first time and have not completed an intake
  • Families/individuals who have completed intake and are requesting support/information

Referrals may be made by a parent, doctor, and/or agency staff/school board (with written permission from parents). All persons referred to Kerry’s Place must have proof of diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

What does Community Services and Supports offer in Simcoe County?

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).

Workshops

A variety of workshops are available for family members, respite workers, friends, agency staff – anyone who wants to learn and understand more about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)! They are free to attend, offered in a group setting and consist of a variety of topics related to ASD. See Calendar for currently available Workshops and to register online.

Groups

We offer a variety of social and evidence-based group opportunities for people of all ages.  Groups are often for those with ASD, but may also include parent and sibling opportunities. Have fun while building skills and meeting new people – see Calendar for our current Group opportunities and to register online.

Children’s Respite Flexible Funding

The Children’s Respite Flexible Funding is from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to serve as an enhancement for families to access respite services in their community. The purpose of the Children’s Respite Flexible Fund is to help caregivers get the flexible and individualized support their family needs in order for them to take intervals of time off from their care-giving duties. Learn more about Children’s Respite Flexible Funding.

Community Consultation

Community  Consultants are available for parents/caregivers and persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who require additional support or need individual meetings to focus on a particular short-term goal. Consultants help to enhance understanding and knowledge of ASD and discuss effective strategies, as well as  resources with the community.   Contact Community Services Access for more information at yorksimcoeaccess@kerrysplace.org or (905) 713-6808 x350.

Residential Services

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.

CommunityWorks Canada®

CommunityWorks Canada® is a peer supported pre-employment program for teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ages 15-21 who are currently attending high school. The program is delivered during after school hours and provides participants with the opportunity to develop and practice basic job skills, improve social and communications skills, acquire community volunteer experience and cultivate potential areas of interest for future employment.

A link to the Worktopia website and additional program information can be found at www.worktopia.ca. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.

EmploymentWorks Canada

EmploymentWorks Canada is a newly designed program that offers employment preparedness training for individuals ages 15-29 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who are no longer attending school, and who are seeking opportunities to develop the essential skills necessary to obtain meaningful and sustainable paid employment. It is a peer/co-worker supported program that uses adult learning principals to focus on social, communication and job skills development in a variety of workplace settings and teams.

A link to the Worktopia website and additional program information can be found at www.worktopia.ca. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.

Upcoming in Simcoe Region!