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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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.
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).
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. 257.
The Code is a group for young adults with ASD, ages 18-31. This 12-week group curriculum is facilitated in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada, and will introduce participants to the elements of coding. Participants will learn how to use those elements of coding to create video games! For more information please call 416-537-2000 ext. 257 or email TO.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 to register or inquire about more details.
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 for more information.
Kerry’s Place Autism Services Toronto is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to provide respite to families or caregivers, who are supporting an adult at home with a diagnosis of ASD and high support needs. Those who attend will have the opportunity to participate in the social, recreational and life skills activities in the local community. The program runs two weekends each month from 10am to 4pm. Cost per weekend day is $25.00. Weekend Day Respite is at 114 Jutland Road.
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
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. 257
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
Family Resource Days 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 for more information about upcoming Family Resource Day sessions.
In partnership with JVS Toronto, this service supports transitioning individuals ages 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. For more information, please view the Autism Spectrum Disorder Job Readiness Flyer
The Travel Training Program teaches persons 18 years of age and older with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability how to use public transit independently in Toronto. The program has been created in partnership with Toronto Transit Commission, Geneva Centre for Autism, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Salvation Army Lawson Ministries, Community Access to Transportation Hamilton and Community Living Toronto.
Participation in the program is free, and includes complimentary travel fair. If you’re interested in learning how to travel independently across Toronto and are available to attend weekly classes.
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