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?

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 Access via phone and email. You can contact us at any time for general information, resources and/or additional support – 905-713-6808 x350 or yorksimcoeaccess@kerrysplace.org.

Workshops

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/

Groups

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/

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.

Community Consultation

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 Access for more information by email at yorksimcoeaccess@kerrysplace.org or call (905) 713-6808 x350.

Resource Centre

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

Foundations

Registration completed through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). The Foundations Program is a goal driven service, and service length varies depending on the goal(s) for service. Supported individuals are required to participate in all aspects of service to reach successful outcomes. The program supports goals around transitioning into adult life. Intakes are managed by Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) – 1-855-277-2121 x 2.

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. Together with our community partners, each application is carefully reviewed by an allocation committee and decisions are made based on criteria that changes from year to year. 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

School Support Program

The School Support Program provides evidence-based support in both day treatment and school settings. This program works in partnership with the York Region District School Board, York Catholic District School Board, The York Centre and Blue Hills Child & Family Centre. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is used to provide an individualized approach to assessment and support. The School Support Program is a short-term service that is intended to build capacity to support those with ASD in their learning environment. A home component is integrated in to the program to ensure that information, resources and strategies are generalized across settings. Referrals are made through an identified lead contact at one of the four partner agencies and are typically sought when a variety of resources have been tried and support is still needed.

To connect to Community Services in York/Simcoe please contact Community Services Access on an as needed basis:

713-6808 x 350 or yorksimcoeaccess@kerrysplace.org

Upcoming in Simcoe Region!