Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Toronto Region provides numerous services and supports for individuals 18 years of age and older, geared at social skill-building and leisure groups, consultation, employments supports, recreation and more.

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Residential Supports

Over the past 25 years the Toronto Region has expanded residential services to multiple sites with varying levels of support. Most homes are clustered in North York and Scarborough with a few settings in West Toronto and the downtown core.  Services are primarily available to adults, some with dual diagnosis. Each residential setting is individually designed to meet the needs of the residents.  In all of the homes, staff members provide 24-hour support.

Please contact your local Developmental Services Ontario office to learn more. In Toronto, the contact number is 1-855-372-3858.

Department of Clinical Supports and Services

The Department of Clinical Supports and Services is a resource to staff and to individuals we currently support through our residential services.  The psychological support needs of individuals in our service may include strength-based assessments, treatment and intervention (e.g. family counselling, behaviour analysis and cognitive-behavioural recommendations).

To inquire further about this service, please call 416-537-2000 ext. 232.

The Café (18+)

The Café is a group for adults with ASD, and it meets at 222 Lesmill Rd on the second Tuesday of each month from 6pm-8pm. The focus is on social, recreational and leisure activities.  Games, Wii, arts, snacks and beverages are the order of the day! For more information please call 416-537-2000 ext. 232.

The Code 2.0

The Code 2.0 is open to adults 18+ with ASD. This 12-week curriculum expands participants’ understanding of computer coding and programming, teaching problem solving and troubleshooting using Code.org and Javascript.

For more information, or to inquire about our beginners coding group, please call 416-537-2000 ext. 232 or email TO.community@kerrysplace.org.

The Social: Adult Social Skill-Building Group (19-25 years)

The adult social skill-building group, The Social, offers adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder the opportunity to learn about navigating the social world in a small group setting.  Sessions will focus on improving conversation skills, building relationships and understanding the unwritten rules of social interactions in the community and workplace.

Participants will have the chance to learn new skills with the support of experienced Autism Consultants and rehearse those skills on community outings. Sessions will be organized by age and learning profile to maximize group compatibility, and will be delivered in a central Toronto location.

Please contact 416-537-2000 ext. 232 to register or inquire about more details.

Music Group (Years 12+)

This recreational group meets with a singer/guitarist every Monday evening at 222 Lesmill Road from 7pm-8pm. It is open to people with ASD of all ages. Please call the regional office at 416-537-2000 ext. 232 for more information.

Weekend Day Respite Support (18+)

This service will allow families or caregivers who support an adult (ages 18+) with Autism Spectrum Disorder and higher support needs to have a weekend day break.

Participants will have the opportunity to join in social, recreational and life skills activities on site and in the local community.

Note that this program runs every other Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. The program is also funded, and families are only required to pay a $25 user fee/day.

  • Location: Coach house behind 376 Rusholme Rd.

To inquire further about this service, please call 416-537-2000 ext. 232.

Consultation Services

Kerry’s Place Autism Services – Toronto Region provides consultation services to families, professionals and organizations.  Topics for consultation include:

  • social skill development
  • emotional and self-regulation strategies
  • enhancing communication
  • organizational strategies
  • activities of daily living
  • understanding and evaluating behaviours

..and more.

To discuss an individualized consultation service, additional topics, costs, and any further questions, please contact Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Toronto Region at 416.537.2000 ext. 232.

Residential Respite Program

Kerry’s Place Toronto Region is partially funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to provide a longer break to families or caregivers who are supporting an adult at home who has ASD and high support needs. Day, overnight, weekend and week-long respite services are available in a residential location in the west end of Toronto. Respite alternatives (i.e., individualized flexible plans) can be developed in exceptional circumstances.  For more information or to book residential supports, please view the Residential Respite Support Flyer.

Please contact your local Developmental Services Ontario office to learn more. In Toronto, the contact number is 1-855-372-3858.

To inquire further about this service, please call 416-537-2000 ext. 232.

The Connection

Sessions of The Connection are offered on the first Thursday of every month. The resource sessions are opportunities for families to do one of several things, such as:

  • meet with a consultant who can provide resources, information, and support strategies for their children.
  • Parents will also have the opportunity to connect with other parents and provide support and share information with each other.
  • Parent resource sessions will also provide opportunities for workshops and training.

Please call 416-537-2000 ext. 232 for more information about upcoming sessions of The Connection.

Discover My Route (ages 18+)

Discover My Route: Discover My Route is a Travel training program designed to teach people 18 years of age and older with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder how to use public transit independently in Toronto.

The cost is $850 and includes 8 in-class sessions, up to 20 hours of one-on-one route trainings, as well as the cost of a Presto Card pre-loaded with funds to cover the cost of the route training sessions.

For more information call 416-537-200 ext. 232 or email TO.community@kerrysplace.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?

Learn more here: www.kerrysplace.org/transitional-adult-services-where-are-you-on-your-path 

RWA (Ready, Willing & Able)

Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) is a national partnership of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) and their member organizations. Funded by the Government of Canada and active in 20 communities across the country, RWA is designed to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

RWA is working to connect employers who are looking for employees to the skilled people who can fill those jobs. From part-time seasonal work to full-time positions, RWA is finding new and exciting opportunities, one of which may be just perfect for you!

EmploymentWorks

EmploymentWorks offers training for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disabilities who want to practice and develop the essential skills necessary to get and keep a job.

At the same time, it offers volunteer mentors an opportunity to share their employment journeys, and employers’ direct experiences integrating persons with disabilities into their workplaces.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.

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.

ASD Job Readiness Project

In partnership with JVS Toronto, this service provides transitional  supports to persons aged 18 to 30 years old, with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder into employment.

The program includes vocational workshops, 1:1 weekly employment counselling meetings, 1:1 job development, job coaching, job retention workshops and work experience for up to 14 weeks.

Participants learn about self-advocacy and how to disclose to employers, build communication skills, work life balance and workplace etiquette skills.

Foundations

The Foundations Program is a goal-driven service to assist adults aged 18 and older in developing skills in the areas of employment,  education, and community integration.  Intake processes for Foundation Supports are managed by Developmental Services Ontario (DSO).

Fee-for-Service Job Coaching

Kerry’s Place now offers individualized support for adults at any stage of their employment journey. Consultants work with participants to set employment goals, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews and provide on-site job coaching, employer training and on-going support. Participants are able to use Passport funding to pay for job coaching services. Rates vary.

Consultation Services

Consultation services provide individualized support are available to families, and persons with ASD interested in developing their skills in various areas. These services are available to families, educators, and organizations alike.  Topics for consultation may include:

  • social skill development
  • emotional and self-regulation strategies
  • enhancing communication
  • organizational strategies
  • activities of daily living
  • understanding and evaluating behaviours

..and more.

Young Adults Project – ALL Regions

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.