Dufferin Supports and Services

Welcome to the Dufferin Region Community Services and Supports page!

Community Services provides consultation and support to individuals, families, schools and other agencies regarding issues surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Consultation and teaching focuses on behavioural supports, communication strategies, life and social skills, long term planning and school advocacy. For more information or to complete an intake or get connected to service, please contact us:

What does Community Services and Supports offer in the Dufferin area?

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).

Consultation Services

Consultation services provides time limited assistance from an Autism Consultant who can work with a family in learning a new skill or strategy for a specific situation or to teach a new skill. These areas can include:

  • Support/Behavioral strategies
  • Communication strategies
  • Life skills
  • Social skills
  • Long-term planning & respite supports
  • Information on Kerry’s Place services

Consultation appointments provide an opportunity for individuals with A.S.D and/or their families to meet with an Autism Consultant to discuss issues and concerns specific to their situation. Appointments can be booked on a first come, first served basis and are held at Kerry’s Place Resource Centres. Appointments are also open to support workers, teachers and other professionals.

Family Support Groups

Family Support Groups are offered to provide family members with an opportunity for mutual support and to share experiences, challenges, success and hope. Outside speakers are occasionally provided concerning specific topics requested (i.e. education, advocacy, long-term planning). Learn more and register for Family Resource Day – Ongoing Group Session!

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 

Adult Supports

Kerry’s Place adult supports consist of small group, community based day supports including employment supports and some social groups for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Supports are individualized as much as possible to ensure success. Participants will need to be deemed eligible by Developmental Services Ontario or have Individualized Funding to access the supports. For more information contact Beverly Howell at 905-457-1130 or adultsupports@nullkerrysplace.org.

Respite Care

Respite care provides a planned short term break from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for a family member with complex needs. Respite allows families and caregivers the opportunity for all family members to rest and recharge while knowing their child is in the care of trained, experienced, and caring staff.

Children’s Respite Home Program:

  • Children must live in the Region of Peel, Halton, Wellington & Dufferin
  • Children ages 5 to the age of 18 years (after their 18th birthday they no longer eligible)
  • Children must have an official diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (proof of diagnosis is required)
  • Support is offered in a home-like setting with meals and structured activities
  • Support can be afterschool, for the day or even overnight
  • Support is geared for 2 children to 1 staff ratio’s but 1:1 can be accommodated
  • Children requiring more than 1 support staff can access supports at an additional cost.
  • Referrals must be made by service coordinator


Kerry’s Place provides a variety of workshops throughout our region. We are able to work with parents, community partners and schools to provide information and strategies on a large number of Autism related topics. Some of the subjects we have covered are an introduction to autism, communication strategies, navigating the special education system, and make and take visuals. We are happy to modify our information to be relevant to any audience from school aged children to adults. Workshops can be held at our resource centres, or other convenient locations within the community.

Social Groups

Social groups are offered to children and/or youth with ASD. These groups provide an opportunity for social interaction, skill development and developing friendships. The groups are held at various locations in your local community or possibly one of our Resource Centres.

Respite Groups

Respite Groups provide meaningful, recreational, and social opportunities for its participants in a safe and enriching environment. Respite groups provide temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for a family member with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Respite creates greater opportunities for all family members to live actively and participate in community activities while allowing caregivers time for themselves. Learn more and register for Respite Training Workshops.

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.