Welcome To The York Region 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.
- 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 Autism Services must have proof of diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
What does Community Services and Supports offer in York Region?
The following is a list of options available to families/individuals:
Group Learning Sessions (GLS)
These parent focused information sessions are now open to all members of the community. They are free to attend, are offered in a group setting and consist of a variety of topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Anyone wanting to learn and understand more about ASD is welcome. Learn more about Group Learning Sessions.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Workshops
Free, professional and educational workshops are available for respite workers, family members, friends, agency staff, and anyone who wants to learn more about ASD. Learn more about ASD Workshops. Learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshops.
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.
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).
Families being supported by Kerry’s Place Autism Services have access to our Resource Library. Learn more about our Resource Library.
Consultation Services are available to families who require additional support, above and beyond what can be provided through our other Community Service options (i.e. Group Learning Sessions, Social Groups, ABA, workshops, etc) and/or are presenting concerns of a time sensitive/urgent matter. Learn more about Consultation Services.
The Foundations Program is a goal driven service, to assist adults aged 18 and older in developing improved functioning and coping skills in the areas of life that include Employment, Education, and Community Integration. Please call our Access line for more information, 905-713-6808 x 350. Intakes for Foundation Supports are managed by Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). For your local DSO office number, please refer to the Developmental Services of Ontario website.
We often partner with community service providers, government agencies, educators, healthcare professionals and parents to provide more comprehensive services in your community. Learn more about Community Partnerships including the School Support Program and the York Region ASD Partnership.
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.
York Region Autism Advisory Committee
The York Region Autism Advisory Committee is happy to advise any local business or organization to become more accessible and inclusive for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Learn more about YRAAC.
The 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.