Welcome to the Simcoe County Community Services and Supports page!
All calls for Community Services and Supports are directed through the Community Services Central Intake 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?
Community Services Access
Community Services Access is your first stop in accessing services and supports from Kerry’s Place Autism Services. Our Consultants and dedicated staff are available through Community Services Central Intake via phone and email. You can contact us at any time for general information, resources and/or additional support – 905-713-6808 x350 or email@example.com.
Professional and educational workshops on a variety of Autism based subjects available to parents, respite workers, family members, agency staff, etc. Some examples include Anxiety, Behaviour, Communication, Executive Functions, Sensory Awareness, Funding Options, School Supports and more! To access the training schedule please visit: http://www.kerrysplace.org/calendar/
Our groups are organized social, recreational and/or skill building opportunities that may also provide respite for parents. PEERS and Children’s Friendship Training are two of the groups that are offered throughout the year. For more details please visit: http://www.kerrysplace.org/calendar/
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?
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.
When families have attended some Workshops and require additional support, they can access a consultation meeting with a Community Consultant. Consultants meet with individuals and families on a one to one basis to help them identify, develop, implement and evaluate effective program strategies to deal with a specific goal or teach a new skill, as well as find necessary resources within their community. Through this process, the Consultant assists the parents in acquiring knowledge and skills to supplement the knowledge the family already possesses regarding their child with Autism. Community Consultation is available to some families, based upon needs at the given time. Contact Community Services Central Intake for more information by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (905) 713-6808 x350.
Location: Kerry’s Place Head Office, 38B Berczy Street, Aurora – (905) 713-6808 x360 or x350. Families being supported by Kerry’s Place Autism Services can access our Resource Centre. Our Resource Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am until 3:30pm. Resources include: Books, DVD’s, Community Pamphlets and Magazines. Families must create an account/profile to use the e-library at: https://secure.kerrysplace.org/eLib/elib_welcome.aspx
Central East Region Respite Flexible Funding for Children with ASD (ReFF)
Children must have an official diagnosis of ASD, be 17 years of age or younger and reside in Central East Region (York, Simcoe, Durham, Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge). This funding is from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to serve as an enhancement for families to access respite services in their community. These funds can only serve a small portion of families each year with a limited amount of funding being allocated to each family approved. Application is made online at www.kerrysplace.org after January 1st each year. Application deadline is early February for the period April 1, to March 31, the following year.
Ontario Autism Program (OAP)
Please see the ministry website for more information: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/specialneeds/autism/ontario-autism-program.aspx.
You can also check the Kerry’s Place website for updates: www.kerrysplace.org/OAPUpdates