Welcome to the Peel 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, please contact us:
- Toll Free: 1-833-77-KERRY (1-833-775-3779) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What does Community Services and Supports offer in the Peel 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 appointments are topic focused sessions facilitated in a Kerry’s Place resource centre or Halton region, and are offered for a one hour period at a variety of times including evenings. Consultation appointments provide an opportunity for a family and/or an individual with ASD to meet with an Autism Consultant to discuss challenges and concerns specific to their situation as needed. These areas can include, but are not limited to:
- Autism education
- Communication strategies
- Strategies for daily living skills
- Emotional regulation and behavioural strategies
- Information on Kerry’s Place services
Appointments are also open to support workers, teachers and other professionals.
To book a consultation appointment, please contact us:
- Toll Free: 1-833-77-KERRY (1-833-775-3779) or email us at email@example.com
Service Coordination helps families with children and youth (up to their 18th birthday) who have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder with the planning and coordination of supports. Kids Pathways Peel Service Coordination at Kerry’s Place helps families with children and youth who have a diagnosis of ASD with planning and coordination of services.
Families, service coordinators, and other service providers work together to develop and implement a service plan for each child and their family. Typically, the families we support require assistance navigating supports and/or services. This network is comprised of 5 agencies that support all the children in Peel with Special Needs. The agencies are Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Erinoak Kids, Community Living Mississauga, Brampton Caledon Community Living, and Child Development Resource Connection Peel. For more information on Service Coordination in Peel, please contact Kids Pathways Peel at 905-890-9432 or www.kidspathwayspeel.com.
Kennedy Mississauga Resource Centre
6660 Kennedy Road, Unit 6. Mississauga, ON L5T 2M9
Hours: Please contact the Resource Centre for office hours.
Phone: (905) 293-9788
Fax: (905) 293-9776
Kerry’s Place offers a variety of social opportunities for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Opportunities may include ongoing social groups or one time day trips. A small cost is associated with these activities and participants will need to be pre-screened prior to attending groups to determine best fit. For more information regarding our social groups contact Samantha Ribeiro at (905) 457-1130.
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?
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 range of Autism related topics. Workshops may include but are not limited to: 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. Please visit www.kerrysplace.org/calendar for more information.
Sibling groups are run in conjunction with Community Living Mississauga, Brampton Caledon Community Living and TRE-ADD. These groups provide an opportunity for children who have siblings with ASD and/or a Developmental Disability to meet, learn and share experiences together in a safe and structured environment. For upcoming Sibling Groups, please visit the sidebar calendar listing on this page.
Social Skills Groups
Social Skills Groups are offered to children and youth diagnosed with ASD. The groups are held at Kerry’s Place Resource Centres and/or various locations within the local community. The purpose of Social Skills Groups is to foster learning and provide an opportunity for skills development. Groups allow social interactions, and can even cultivate friendships in a safe environment, free of judgement and criticism.
For more information regarding the Social Skills Group format and registration process please view the following: Social Group Registration Child/Youth.
We are pleased to offer a summer day camp experience for children who are between 6 & 17 years old. Children will participate in an exciting and educational program facilitated by trained counselors to encourage and support your child while at camp.
This camp is designed for individuals who are able to participate with minimal support. The individual may need some prompts to stay on task, and is able to communicate wants and needs effectively. The individual does not require a lot of behavioral redirection. Should you require extra support to participate in the activities you are welcome to join with the support of your own 1:1 worker.
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.
Coordinated Service Planning
Coordinated Service Planning is a community collaboration for planning and coordination services for families with children, youth and young people who have special needs. A service planning coordinator will work with you and your care team to create one coordinated service plan to meet your specific goals.
You may require Coordinated Service Planning if
- You have a child/youth with complex needs who is under 18 years old
- You are a young person with complex needs between 18-21 year old and are still in school
- There are multiple service providers and intensive help is required to set goals and plan services
- There is an urgent need for system wide planning, innovation and creative problem solving
Contact Kids Pathways Peel (KPP) for more information about Coordinated Service Planning at 905-890-9432
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.
For more information, please visit https://www.kerrysplace.org/events/category/employmentworks/list/
Young Adults Project
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.
For more information, please click here https://kerrysplace.emhware.ca/self-referral/