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Click here to learn about Autism Ontario's initiatives on issues affecting teens and adults with autism.


You can also click on these links for information related to teens & adults:

anger management

assessment & diagnosis

crisis management

day programs

government funding & services for adults with autism

peer support

post-secondary education support 

recreation 

residential support

resources

respite

transitional support 

transportation

visual teaching materials

vocational support 

other info for teens & adults with autism:

· Asperger Society of Ontario

· The Redpath Centre for Children/Youth/Adults with Asperger Syndrome


Anger Management

Lake Ridge Community Support Services will is offering an ANGER MANAGEMENT Educational Group for adults with an Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder starting Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM.  Registration Deadline: February 18, 2014.  Click here for details.


Assessment & Diagnosis

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – Toronto Provides assessment services, including assessment for autism in children, teens and adults through the Pervasive Developmental Disorders Service of its Child, Youth and Family Program. CAMH has no catchment area (anyone can use CAMH services), although it is a very small clinic wait list for assessments are approximately one year.

Grandview Children's Centre - Durham Region - Grandview Children’s Centre offers a range of services to hundreds of children and young adults with physical and communication disabilities who live in the Durham Region. The family-centered approach emphasizes collaboration with parents, community agencies, educators and physicians. Medical specialists at Grandview offer consultation, assessment and diagnosis services and they advocate for the provision of medical services as needed. Grandview’s medical specialists do not provide primary care. Instead, they work closely with your family physician. Grandview also offers: audiology, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and family support services.

Frontenac Youth Services – Oshawa For adolescents between the ages of 12 – 18 and their families, Frontenac Youth Services is a non-profit Children's Mental Health Center providing assistance to emotionally and behaviorally disordered adolescents and their families within the Durham region since 1972. The agency is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services and operated by a Board of Directors comprised of community volunteers. Frontenac Youth Services offers assessment, therapy, residential treatment programs, day treatment programs, community programs, as well as intensive family services and a crisis response service.

Lake Ridge Community Support Services - Whitby Provides services such as psychological assessments (for adults 18+) as well as community behaviour therapy, communication therapy, educational support groups, and educational seminars.

Private Practitioners 



Crisis Management 

Co-ordination Services for Children and Youth (CSCY) - Ajax A service of Resources for Exceptional Children & Youth - Durham Region.CSCY provides support when the family has experienced a breakdown in services due to the complicated needs of the child/youth. The program is available to individuals from 0 to their 18th birthday and their families whose needs cannot be met by the existing service system.

Frontenac Youth Services – Oshawa For adolescents between the ages of 12 – 18 and their families, Frontenac Youth Services is a non-profit Children's Mental Health Center providing assistance to emotionally and behaviorally disordered adolescents and their families within the Durham region since 1972. The agency is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services and operated by a Board of Directors comprised of community volunteers. Frontenac Youth Services offers assessment, therapy, residential treatment programs, day treatment programs, community programs, as well as intensive family services and a crisis response service.

 


Day Programs

Ambiance Adult Day Program for Individuals with Special Needs - Ajax A recreational and life-skills program. A place where members will feel accepted, welcomed among their peers, and will feel a sense of belonging while sharing similar needs, interests, and experiences with others. For more information, contact: 905-428-6402 or 905-428-6166 kmwadultday@rogers.com

Beyond 21 … and More – Oshawa Provides support for developmentally challenged young adults:

• full and half day programs

• life skills / daily living skills

• community outings / activities

• socialization Contact Sharon LePage: 905-576-7699

BRODIE Community and Residential Services - Oshawa This Day Program promotes a sense of accomplishment, body awareness and positive self-esteem. The program structure is flexible and activities are tailored to the individual's functional ability and interest. Programs are broken down into specific groups / areas of focus to ensure optimum participation and interest retention throughout. For more information, contact 905-493-0631 or email info@brodiecrs.com

Community Living Durham North – Port Perry Provides supports to people who have an intellectual disability (and their families). Services span the northern part of Durham Region, including respite care, weekly youth group activities and a Foundations program which assists students to make a smooth transition from school life to the adult community.

Enhanced Day Program - The Enhanced Day Program is run out of The Enhanced Centre located at 963 Brock Rd-Unit 12, Pickering.  This facility is focused on enriching and enhancing the lives of Adults with Autism in the community. Their Vision at this program is that “All individuals regardless of the complexities of their needs, including those with complex behaviours, will not be turned away from Enhanced Day Program.”  Enhanced Day Program offers these individuals a place to go to on a regular daily basis from Monday to Friday.  The focus at this location will be on physical, cognitive and social skills and also practical life skill activities. This will be completed through a 3500 square foot facility with a gym, music room, arts & crafts, snoozelin room and a kitchen.  To read an introductory letter click here

The Enhanced Day Program will be providing a Summer Camp for teens.  See flyer for details.

For information on Enhanced Centre Fall programming click here.

For information on Enhanced Centre 1 year anniversary BBQ click here.

Participation House Project (Durham Region) A variety of individual needs are met through assessment and training in areas such as:

• Communication Skills and Needs for Augmented Communication Devices

• Summer Respite

• Community Awareness and Safety

• Life Readiness Program

• Self Advocacy and Rights

• Educational Upgrading

• Volunteerism

• Recreation/Leisure

• Social Skills

• Nutrition and Healthy Image

Sunrise Youth Group - Whitby A life skills development program for young adults with developmental disabilities (age 15 and up). Day program operates 5 days per week throughout the year. Program includes life skills classes and also has a community volunteer component.

Tania’s Place Activity Centre for Teens & Adults with Special Needs – The New Tania’s Place location is now open. The previous two locations have amalgamated into one big location at 74 Commercial Ave, Ajax.  The new location has two levels (first floor is ground level) totally 8,400 sq ft.  which will house the expanding Day Program (largest Day Program in Durham) and camps.  They have a gymnasium with a track, weight area, games area which has a pool table and ping pong table and a “calming” room.  Note: Tania's Place requests full disclosure of developmental disabilities and special needs with registration. A personal interview/assessment is conducted for all new clients prior to acceptance of registration.  For details click here.


 

Government Funding & Services for Adults with Autism

● Government funding programs

• Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

• Passport Initiative • Special Services at Home

● Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services Developmental Services Bulletins: Spotlight on Transformation 


Peer Support

Autism Ontario-Durham Region - Autism Ontario-Durham Region is now offering an Older Teen/Young Adults with HFA/Aspergers Social Group

This group is for individuals with high functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome between the ages of 18-35.  They must be able to function independently but facilitators will be present.  Activities may include games nights, movies, dinner outings or just hanging out and chatting, etc.  We are currently running this group weekly. 

To see a list of events and to register visit our YA Social Group page.

Kerry's Place Autism Services - Adult Peer Support Group.  This ASD peer support group will provide adults with ASD the opportunity to talk about issues that concern them in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Possible topics may include: sharing ideas about how to deal with sensory issues, helpful ways of coping with anxiety and stress, being diagnosed (in your late teens or as an adult), and/or what it means to be an adult with ASD. Topics and discussions are group directed. Come to hang out and talk.  Group runs Thursday nights starting August 22nd until October 10th from 7-8:30pm at 1077 Boundary Road, Suite 212,  Oshawa.  Register at https://secure.kerrysplace.org/community/TrainingInfo_camps.aspx?currenttab=Groups&Type=Groups&i_loc

 


 Post-secondary Education Support

Durham College: Community Integration through Cooperative Education Program - For students requiring a modified college program, Durham College in Oshawa is accepting applications for its Community Integration through Cooperative Education Program (CICE). The CICE program is a two year Ontario College Certificate program designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities and other significant learning challenges. Each semester, students take common CICE courses as well as three electives chosen from their area of interest. The electives are standard college courses which are modified to reflect the individual student’s academic needs. Educational Assistants provide support in and outside of the classroom. In semesters 2, 3 and 4 students go out on fieldwork placements, which allow them to develop vocational skills. Graduates from this program will have had the opportunity to experience college life, to enhance their academic skills and to develop vocational abilities.

Foundations - Kerry's Place Transitional-aged youth program "Foundations" for ages 17-25. Foundations is an initiative to support people living with a diagnosis of PDD/Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's Syndrome, who are making the transition from high school or post-secondary school to adult life. This includes assistance with transit training, job searching and training. Please call 905 579 2720 ext 21 or email durhamcommunity@kerrysplace.org for more information.

Sunrise Youth Group - Whitby A life skills development program for young adults with developmental disabilities (age 15 and up). Day program is geared toward individuals who have left school and request support and assists in the development and retention of work experience, life and literacy skills. Includes life skills classes and a community work experience volunteer component. 


Recreation

Durham Dragons Special Hockey Durham Dragons Special Hockey is an ice hockey program designed for individuals of all ages who are developmentally challenged that would otherwise not be able to play Canada's #1 sport. Each weekend players experience the thrill and camaraderie that is part of a hockey team. It's not just hockey....It's so much more!! For more information, click here.

Grandview Children's Centre - Durham Region Grandview offers a variety of Recreation Activities for Winter/Sprin 2012 for youth ages 13 to 21 with special needs, including Multi-Sport Inclusion Program for Youth with Autism and their Siblings, Martial Arts, Bowling, Youth Drop-in, T.G.I.F. Night Out and Swimming Lessons For more information, contact Grandview's Registration Hotline at 905-728-1673 ext 2247 or toll free 1-800-304-6180 x 2247.

Home Base Durham - On Wednesdays until June 25th, 2014, Home Base Durham will be offering a weekly gym and swim for adults with autism and their parent/caregiver at the Clarington Recreation Centre.  This activity will resume in the fall.  See flyer for details. 

Kerry's Place Autism Services - Durham Region Adult Cooking Classes This group is for individuals 16 years and older with a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism or Aspergers. The ratio for this group will be 1 staff to 5 individuals. This group focuses on learning basic culinary skills along with working within a group setting. Note: 16 years and older with a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism or Aspergers. Please call 905 579 2720 ext 21 or email durhamcommunity@kerrysplace.org for more information.

Kinark Outdoor Education Centre – Autism Quest Program Supported residential recreational experiences on weekends and in the summer for children and youth ages 9-15 with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome. A number of respite/leisure programs for teens and adults with disabilities/special needs are also available at the Kinark Outdoor Education Centre. Click here for more information. Click on these links to download detailed information about free programs at the Kinark Outdoor Centre: - 2009 Autism Quest Program Booklet & Registration Form re: Individual Weekend Respite and Five Day Summer Camp Program Note: all applications must be received by 5:00pm February 13, 2009; applicants will be notified of their status on March 16, 2009 - 2009 Autism Family Weekend Respite Program Booklet & Registration Form Note: all applications must be received by 5:00pm February 27, 2009; applicants will be notified of their status on March 27, 2009

Participation House Project (Durham Region) – Oshawa A not for profit organization supporting adult individuals (minimum age: 18) with physical and developmental disabilities to lead independent lives and be active members in their community. Participation House Programs for ages 18-65: Art Therapy: East Durham - Bowmanville West Durham - Ajax Central Durham - Whitby North Durham - Port Perry Art Therapy Program Application Music Therapy: East Durham - Bowmanville West Durham - Ajax Central Durham - Oshawa North Durham - Port Perry Music Therapy Program Application

Sunrise Youth Group - Whitby A variety of recreational opportunities throughout the year for individuals with developmental disabilities age 15 and over. Some activities take place in Whitby; day/overnight camping opportunities are also available at Ontario Provincial Parks and campgrounds.

Tania’s Place Activity Centre for Teens & Adults with Special Needs – Ajax & Oshawa Hosts several ongoing programs including summer day camp, school holiday, and programs for Adults 18 years and older who live with a developmental and/or physical disability. Note: Tania's Place activities are high-energy with a minimum of 15-20 participants and may not be suitable for some individuals with autism. Tania's Place requests full disclosure of developmental disabilities and special needs with registration. For more information, click here

Ultimate Canadian Cheer - Durham Region Offers a unique opportunity for individuals with special needs of all ages, including teens & adults: a competitive, traveling cheerleading squad. The practices are held in Pickering with competitions throughout the GTA. The squad is co-ed, and individuals on the autism spectrum are welcome to participate. Contact UCC for more information: 905-839-8822 or info@ultimatecheer.ca

Variety Village - Scarborough Variety Village offers a program for young adults with developmental disabilities called L.I.N.K.S., which stands for Lifestyle, Independence, Nutrition, Knowledge and Sports. The program enables its members to develop confidence and learn life skills essential to their independence in the community. Some programs include time in the gym or pool, while others include music, drama, shopping and computers. For more information, email cprice@varietyvillage.on.ca.

 

● for additional Recreation opportunities, click here


Residential Support

Community Living - Ajax, Pickering and Whitby Provides individuals with a developmental disability living in the community with:

• residential supports

• vocational supports

• community access supports, and

• support for families all in a manner that respects and promotes the dignity of individuals with a disability and their families.

Community Living - Durham North – Port Perry Provides supports to people who have an intellectual disability (and their families). Services span the northern part of Durham Region, including respite care, weekly youth group activities and a Foundations program which assists students to make a smooth transition from school life to the adult community.

Community Living - Oshawa/Clarington Broadening the concept of community by supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The words "community living" reflect the understanding that all people have the right to live a fully integrated life within the community:

• to live

• to work

• to enjoy recreation

• to attend neighborhood schools

• to be active in all stages of one's life This is accomplished through supports which are responsive to their unique talents, needs, aspirations, and choices.

Frontenac Youth Services – Oshawa For adolescents between the ages of 12 – 18 and their families, Frontenac Youth Services is a non-profit Children's Mental Health Center providing assistance to emotionally and behaviorally disordered adolescents and their families within the Durham region since 1972. The agency is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services and operated by a Board of Directors comprised of community volunteers. Frontenac Youth Services offers assessment, therapy, residential treatment programs, day treatment programs, community programs, as well as intensive family services and a crisis response service.

Kerry's Place Autism Services - Oshawa Offers some residential supports. Referral to Kerry's Place Community Services may be made by a parent, doctor and/or other agency/school board (with written permission from parents). All persons referred to Kerry's Place Autism Services must have proof of diagnosis within the autism spectrum.

Participation House Project (Durham Region) - Oshawa Operating from fully accessible apartment units located throughout the City of Oshawa. 24-hour non-medical support staff on premises.

Resources for Exceptional Children & Youth - Durham Region - Ajax The Community Residential Placement Program supports parents that choose to maintain parental rights but cannot meet their child’s needs in the family home. Provides placement search, case management and monitoring services to families with children with complex care needs ages 0 - 18 years of age. Families play an important role in planning and implementing appropriate supports for their children. To access the program, families must go through a community process to determine eligibility and funding must be available.


Resources

Living with ASD: Adolescence and Beyond - Resource Manual Autism Ontario resource manual written with teens and adults with autism in mind. Information, tips and stories are written by parents, professionals and individuals on the autism spectrum. The manual provides information on a variety of topics including:

• social skills

• getting a diagnosis as an adult

• sexuality

• ODSP • sensory impairments

• person-centred planning

• safety in the community

• financial planning

• making employment work To order, click here.

Ontario Adult Autism Research and Support Network (OAARSN) OAARSN is an online resource welcoming discussion of ideas and topics related to adults with autism. They support freedom of information and expression and encourage everyone to try to see all sides of issues and to understand the viewpoints of others. Please note, they do not endorse all opinions or interventions that may be reported on their website or in their news bulletins. Click here for an archive of OAARSN news bulletins.


Respite

● visit www.respiteservices.com for information about respite agencies in Durham Region funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services for both children and adults.

Heartfit Farm is a non profit summer holiday destination for intellectually disabled teens and adults over 18yrs.  They draw on the therapeutic power of animals and the restorative power of nature to calm anxiety, reinforce skills build social skills and dilute fearful new experiences. Staff include career teachers, autism specialists, certified DSW and volunteers who return year after year. Their catchment area is wide and their unique program accepts only 8 guests per week. Families are encouraged to visit the farm and see if it is suitable for their needs.  For details visit their website at http://www.heartfitrespite.com.

● for additional respite information, click here


Transitional Support

D.O.O.R. 2 Adulthood Project - (Disability Ontario Online Resource) A website developed for youth with disabilities who live in Ontario with a focus on making the transition to adult life as a person with a disability. People with disabilities, parents and service providers joined together to plan, develop and evaluate this online resource. The goal is to make the transition to adult life for youth with disabilities easier. Website includes:

• A database of resources and services related to transition in Ontario • Stories and blogs about transition to adulthood

• An E-chat where people can share information about making a smooth transition

• An “Ask a Mentor” link to youth who have experienced transition

Kerry's Place Autism Services - Durham Region Transitional-aged youth program "Foundations" for ages 17-25. Foundations is an initiative to support people living with a diagnosis of PDD/Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's Syndrome, who are making the transition from high school or post-secondary school to adult life. Please call 905 579 2720 ext 21 or email durhamcommunity@kerrysplace.org for more information

The Participation House Project (Durham Region) - Life Readiness Experience A program running for 3 one week blocks during the last 3 weeks of August 2009 facilitated by The Participation House Project (Durham Region). Intended for adults with a developmental disability with or without a physical disability between the ages of 18 to 35 years. Participants should be heading toward building more independent living skills and living at home with parents, host family or living independently with some supports (SIL). A peer mentoring component for individuals who have completed the summer program in the past is also offered. This program will be offered to 8 individuals per week. To obtain more information and a registration form, contact Andrea Garnett, Program Service Manager, The Participation House Project (Durham Region) at 905-579-5267 x 233 or agarnett@phdurham.com

Progressive Steps Training and Consultation Progressive Steps training and consultation assists individuals with developmental disabilities in gaining the skills that they need to increase their independence at home, at work, and in the community. Progressive Steps also offers direct training and consultation to people living in the GTA and surrounding areas. Using evidence-based behavioural strategies, we teach life skills, functional academics, pre-vocational and vocational skills. For more information, 647-351-7782 or email info@progressivesteps.ca

Sunshine Learning Centre Inc - Life Skills Program This program is geared specifically towards teenagers and young adults with the goal of working on the development of important self-help, independence, and life skills. Run in small groups and facilitated by a trained therapist (or therapists), our life skills program focuses on skills such as: cooking, cleaning, laundry, using public transportation, healthy living, hygiene, and many others. This program is offered in 4 week blocks, with each block focusing on a different skill. For more information, 905-550-3308 or email info@sunshinelearningcentre.com.

Inner Strength for Life - Works with adults diagnosed with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome to acquire employment skills and life skills to help them overcome barriers and enrich their lives. Services include resume writing strategies, interview skills training, life and social skills training, job retention training, as well as address any on-the-job issues.  They work with clients all over Ontario.  For more details click here.


Transportation

Durham Region Transit - ODSP Transit Pass Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) reduced rate transit passes are available for purchase as part of a 6 month pilot project from November 1, 2006 to April 1, 2007. When purchasing your bus pass, you will need to bring your statement of direct deposit or ODSP cheque stub. You may also be asked for identification at the time of purchase. For further details, including where to purchase a pass in your local community, click here


Visual Teaching Materials

● Kozmic Visual Connections a Canadian company selling picture cues, routine boards, school charts, hygiene checklists, guides and more sample package and custom orders available.

Picto Selector - a downloadable program for creating your own picture books and schedules. 

 


Vocational Support

 ● Avocation Employment Alliance of Durham - Pickering Avocation is an incorporated non-profit organization based in Durham Region that provides holistic, accessible and inclusive programming that empowers job seekers to overcome barriers to employment and take control of their lives and their careers by building self-esteem, providing whole-person support and resources, skills upgrading and employment readiness. Avocation works with a variety of employers who have immediate job openings for individuals with disabilities, including: customer service reps, administrative assistants, retail sales, stocking clerks, shipping and receiving, general labour, envelope stuffers and more.

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) - federal CCRW is a network of organizations and individuals that provides leadership in programs and services for job seekers with disabilities and businesses committed to equity and inclusion. "A one-stop shop for disability and employment resources."

Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) - Durham Region DREN is an extensive online resource for job seekers with disabilities. DREN also has an online Ability Guide - a simple tool to assist in finding services for individuals with disabilities.

Foundations - Kerry's Place Transitional-aged youth program "Foundations" for ages 17-25. Foundations is an initiative to support people living with a diagnosis of PDD/Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's Syndrome, who are making the transition from high school or post-secondary school to adult life. This includes assistance with transit training, job searching and training. Please call 905 579 2720 ext 21 or email durhamcommunity@kerrysplace.org for more information.

G.O.P.H.E.R.: Getting Opportunities with Participation House for Employment Readiness A program of The Participation House Project (Durham Region). Building relationships and having community presence is key to building bridges and providing opportunities for future employment. The GOPHER program was born from the necessity for people to gain experience and knowledge of the resources and opportunities available within their own communities.

Hawkins Institute – Toronto Founded in 1995, offers help to adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and those with autism who are able to acquire vocational skills and find meaningful work. Clients are self-referred to the Institute, or referred by various professionals and agencies in the field of autism. The Institute also offers training for companies looking to hire individuals with autism. Their motto is, “No one can do everything. Everyone can do something.” The website provides job tips such as “what to wear to work,” “how to give a good handshake,” “how to greet an interviewer.” The Insitute also offers workshops suited to parents, teachers, professionals and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

jobs.abilities.ca An online job-board for employers and job seekers organized by The Canadian Abilities Foundation in partnership with the Workopolis NicheNetwork. Looking for a job? Register now.

Woodview Manor Autism Support Services - Hamilton Established in 1988, Woodview’s program includes part-time programs for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including recreational activities, skill training, and individual counseling and case management. Woodview also runs social/recreational groups for teens and for transition-aged youth. Vocational services and supports have become a major part of services provided to adults. In 1994 Woodview helped establish a company for its clients, Manor Personnel Deployment, Inc. (MPD). Woodview believes in the right of each individual to achieve a maximum of peace, health, and fulfillment, and that every individual is capable of change and growth. Woodview is committed to providing teaching and support to assist individuals with ASD in living and working within the community as independently as possible. The overall aim is to help people with ASD maximize their quality of life.

Youth Enterpreneurship Mentoring Program If you’re between the age of 15-30 (out of school, out of work and not receiving Employment Insurance) and want to create your own business, consider applying for a government-sponsored 50-week Youth Enterpreneurship Mentoring Program in Oshawa. Contact Cheryl Caterer of VPI/Career Strategies for Youth at cherylcaterer@vpi-inc.com or 905-571-3811. Maximum: 15 participants. Click here to learn more.

Youth-the-Future Employment Preparation Program:  Youth the Future is a 20-week employment training program that recommenced on September 21, 2009 for individuals with a disability who are age 16 to 30. The program is offered through the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work.  The next YTF program will commence on Monday May 27th, 2013.  A second intake will take place in October 2013; those candidates who are unsuccessful in gaining admittance to the May-start program are encouraged to re-apply in the first week of October.  Click here for program details and contact information.   

Asperger’s Job Readiness Program  at JVS Toronto:  The start of the program will be March 11, 2014 (Note:  another program will be running in the fall if this date is not convenient). The application form must be completed and returned along with a copy of your assessment if  you are  to be considered for an intake  interview.  Interviews have commenced to determine eligibility and suitability to participate in the program, eligible participants will be contacted with an interview date.
 
Please return application by email (scan), FAX or mail to my attention along with associated documentation, should you need assistance or have any questions, please call Soo Chong at 416-649-1619.  FLYER  APPLICATION
 
It is important that you read, understand and complete the form fully, confirmation of receipt of application will be by phone or email if requested.
 
Please note the age limit of between 18 – 30 years old, high functioning ASD diagnosis as the primary will be considered on a case by case basis.
 
Should your assessment not state Asperger’s and should there be a learning issue, you may be interested in the Project GOLD program for those with learning disabilities and for Asperger’s applicants not able to participant in the JRP, Project GOLD may be an alternative for some individuals as this program accepts Asperger’s diagnosis on a case by case basis.

Inner Strength for Life - Works with adults diagnosed with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome to acquire employment skills and life skills to help them overcome barriers and enrich their lives. Services include resume writing strategies, interview skills training, life and social skills training, job retention training, as well as address any on-the-job issues.  They work with clients all over Ontario.  For more details click here.


Other info for Teens & Adults with Autism

Asperger’s Society of Ontario Provides education, resources and support to individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, their families, educators, medical and mental health professionals, employers, government and the community, to enable individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome to realize their potential as fully contributing members of their community.

Focus on Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Click on the link above to view a 79-minute keynote address in online video format delivered by Dr. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., an individual with autism and noted expert and author on early intervention, educational strategies, visual thinking, social skills, medications and mentoring. Grandin gives presentations around the world and is the author of several books including Emergence: Label Autistic, Thinking in Pictures, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, co-authored with Sean Barron. In addition to several DVDs, her recent release of Animals in Translation maintained a top-10 position on the New York Times best-seller list.

ODSP Action Coalition The ODSP Action Coalition advocates for improvements to the income and employment supports provided by the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). The work of the coalition is grounded in the experience of ODSP applicants, recipients and community-based service providers. This information is received through the website, consultation and participation in meetings. The activities of the coalition include creating and disseminating materials on ODSP and making representations to various levels of government. The work of the ODSP Action Coalition is always with a focus on action to bring about change.

The Redpath Centre - Toronto Opened in January 2008, The Redpath Centre addresses the social and emotional needs of children, adolescents and adults with Asperger Syndrome and mental health concerns through best practices, cross-sector collaboration, teaching and research. Clinical Director: Dr. Kevin Stoddart.

Home Base Durham - Home Base Durham is a parent-driven association governed by community leaders and professionals. These volunteers contribute specific expertise in non-profit accounting, corporate and business law, psychology, marketing, board governance, fundraising, marketing, technology and communications. Their mission is to build enduring community partnerships that support adults with autism and their caregivers to participate in life enriching opportunities available within Durham Region’s vast resources.     

 

 

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