Support Groups

Family/Caregiver Support Group

Young Adults Family/Caregiver Support Group 

Other Support Groups

Online Support Groups

Autism Ontario-Durham Region Support Groups


Purpose:  Autism Ontario Durham Region is proud to offer support group meetings (currently running bi-monthly), facilitated by parent volunteer members of our Chapter Leadership Council and our Family Support Coordinator.  These meetings provide a wonderful opportunity to talk with other chapter members, families and others supporting individuals living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

We all face the same issues; learning about ASD and the impact it has on our lives, dealing with professionals, locating supports, securing funding and advocating on behalf of those we support. Whatever you are facing, someone else has been down that road.  Find out how we can help each other by sharing our experiences with one another.

When you consider joining a support group, think about what your needs are and what you hope to gain from the experience. Also, consider your willingness to help others in the group, as groups are most effective when you are not only willing to receive support but to offer assistance as well.  By attending our support group meetings, you will be provided the opportunity to get assistance with pressing challenges or issues, receive support and guidance by dedicated individuals willing and able to offer the assistance you may need and, who knows, you might even make a life-long friend or two.


Note:  As those who support families of children with ASD, we understand that sometimes we register for events/groups but cannot attend due to unforseen circumstances.  If you have registered but cannot attend, please cancel your registration through the link provided in your Eventbrite confirmation email or email us at  Thank you for your understanding. 

Family/Caregiver Support Group:

Intended Audience:  This support group is intended for parents, grandparents, guardians and caregivers who care for children aged 0-15 years with autism spectrum disorder. 


We provide respite care on a semi-regular basis for parents who attend this Support Group.  Respite is intended for children who are aged 3-12 and must be toilet-trained. 

Light refreshments will be served.


Autism Ontario - Durham Region
Durham Corporate Centre
105 Consumers Road, Unit #3 (south door)
Whitby, ON L1N 1C4

Registration is mandatory to attend these meetings. 

April 28, 2017 from 6:30-8pm - Registration opens February 24th.  To register click here.

Nikki Mulvhill a financial advisor will be speaking on the following subjects:

1. Disability Tax Credit
2. RDSP's a)basics
                  b) Grants vs. Bonds
                  c)Real Life Examples
3. Rule of 72
4. Funding and Other Financial Resources
5. Financial Planning For Those with Special Needs

June 23, 2017 from 6:30-8pm

NOTE:  If you need to cancel your registration please do so using the link provided in your Eventbrite confirmation email.  This will allow space for other families to attend.

Older Teens and Young Adults Family/Caregiver Support Group:

Intended Audience:  This support group is intended for parents, grandparents, guardians and caregivers who care for young adults aged 16+ years with autism spectrum disorder.  This meeting will provide parents/caregivers an opportunity to share as well as gain useful information about the challenges faced by older teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. 

Note: Registration is mandatory.


Autism Ontario - Durham Region
Durham Corporate Centre
105 Consumers Road, Unit #3 (south door)
Whitby, ON L1N 1C4

Thursday, March 30th from 7-9pm - For details click here.

Parents/Caregivers are also welcome to attend the Family/Caregiver Support Group in April where Nikki Mulvhill, a financial advisor, will be speaking on financial planning for special needs (see abocve).

If you cannot attend and need to cancel your registration please contact Ana at   

Other Support Groups

Kawartha Lakes Autism Support - We are parents and caregivers in the City of Kawartha Lakes who have  juvenile and adolescent family members affected by Autism Spectrum  Disorders. We are a free, volunteer run, non-for-profit support group.

Kids Clinic Sibling Support - The sibling support program allows the opportunity for children and youth to develop a sense of empowerment and build their resiliency. In a non-judgmental atmosphere, participants can talk about their common experiences and receive mutual support.   For details click here.

Autism Home Base Durham - is for adults with autism and people who love them.  They are a group of families in Durham region working to reach out to other families like theirs.  They offer weekly sports, arts and social activities for parent caregivers to participate in alongside the adult with autism they support.  For details click here.

Online Support Groups (this is a closed group; to join send a request on Facebook). (this is a closed group; to join send a request on Facebook).  

If you know of other online support groups for parents/caregivers who have family members with autism, please send us the link at so we can add them here.

Disclaimer:  There are many online support groups for parent of children with autism. It is important to do your own research and make your own informed decisions. Please note Autism Ontario does not endorse any specific therapy, product, treatment, strategy, opinions, service, or individual. We do, however, endorse your right to information.

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