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ABACUS

ABACUS is a free service for parents seeking ABA services. To access information on how to select and monitor ABA services, and to search listings of ABA providers with experience in autism in this area, visit the website.

CALYPSO

CALYPSO is a specialized resource designed to help Ontario parents find the right camp or camp program for their child or youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

KNOWLEDGE BASE

KNOWLEDGE BASE is an online, searchable database of brief, easy-to-understand documents that are relevant to the lives of youth and adults with ASD and their families.

SPIRALE

SPIRALE is designed to help Ontario families find professional services for their child with ASD.

For more information about community services, contact our Family Support Coordinator at lb@autismontario.com.

ABA/IBI

ABA Resources
Provides practical resource materials for families and professionals using educational strategies for children with autism.

ABA Resources for Recovery from Autism/PDD/Hyperlexia
A collection of resources for parents of children with PDD, PDD‐NOS, autism, Aspergerʹs Syndrome or hyperlexia.

Help Us Learn
A self‐paced training program preparing parents, educators, students, teachers, therapists, service providers, friends & family to use ABA programs.

The Autism Centre of Canada
ACC provides complete ABLLS, social, behavioural assessments & individualized programs based on ABA and evidence‐based practices.

The Behaviour Institute
The BI is a private agency providing ABA services for children with autism and their families.

Bethesda Services
Bethesda offers Eligibility and Waitlist Coordination Services, Child & Family Support Services (CFSS), Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI), and Transition Support Services (TSS).

Brick by Brick Therapy and Wellness
Brick by Brick is a provider of IBI services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, PDD & other developmental delays.

Kinark - Markham
A children's mental health organization that provides help to children and youth, families and communities.

McMaster Children's Hospital - Autism Spectrum Disorder Service
Provides assessment, treatment and consultation services for children and adolescents ranging in age from 2 to 18 years old diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Missing Links
Specializes in a variety of services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other exceptionalities.

Phoenix Centre for Learning
Government-approved to deliver IBI/ABA services, and provider of interventions and support to children, teens, and adolescents with ASD, and related challenges.

Shining Through
A centre‐based program personalized for each child and overseen by a Board certified Clinical Director and a Clinical Psychologist to maximize the potential of children with Autism by providing educational and behavioural intervention based on ABA principles.

Stepping Stones
IBI Therapy, Sensory Integration/Vestibular Therapy, Sensory Processing Measurement Testing (Home & School Assessment), Therapeutic Listening Program, Transitional Counseling and Programming for children with ASD.


Arts

Therapeutic Fire Art
Woodland Visions is dedicated towards the teaching and sharing of fire art as an ancient process of creativity, healing and personal growth.

Smarty Pants Educational Toys
Offers crafts, art and music classes.

Rodman Hall
Offers a variety of art classes, March Break and Summer art camps.

Niagara Symphony - Summer Music Camp
Since 1965, the Niagara Symphony Summer Music Camp (SMC) has stimulated and encouraged young musicians.

Carousel Players
Carousel Players is an award‐winning professional theatre for young audiences committed to the development of new work and the production of theatre that entertains and challenges our audiences.


ASD Information & Products

Ability Online

AO is a safe Internet community for children/youth with disabilities/illness and their parents can meet others like themselves from all over the world.

Aspergers Society of Ontario
As requests for information are received by the Society, they are prioritized and directed to the appropriate staff member for resolution.

Autism Awareness
Providing visible, affordable awareness products.

Autism Beacon

A directory for autism-related services and products.

Autism Society of America

ASA increases public awareness about the day‐to‐day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for services, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

AutismSpot - Empowering the Autism Community
Features numerous resources ‐ videos, downloadable materials, blogs, forums and more.

Autism Today
Offers an extensive archive of articles and research summaries, a resource store and expert advice.

ConnectABILITY
A website and virtual community dedicated to lifelong learning and support for people who have an intellectual disability, their families and support networks.

Exceptional Family
Canada's Resource Magazine for parents of exceptional children.

HelpGuide.org

Autism treatment strategies and parenting tips.

The KIT: Keeping It Together
The KIT: Keeping it TogetherTM is an organizational tool for parents caring for children with disabilities, developed by CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research and the Hamilton Family Network.

Parentbooks
Offers the most comprehensive selection of resources available anywhere - from planning a family to everyday parenting issues to special needs of all kinds.

Sensory Resources
This site specializes in sensory integration and sensory processing.

Smarty Pants Educational Toys

An educational toy store with products for ages 0-12 years old.

Weighted Wishes

Local, custom-designed sensory therapy products.

Wise Old Sayings

A guide to communicating with a child with ASD.


Autism Related Service Providers

Autism Partnership Toronto
Provides intensive behaviour intervention for children with autism and their families.

Autism Treatment Services of Canada
Provides treatment, educational, management and consultative services to people with autism and related disorders across Canada.

Contact Niagara
Your first link to information and services in Niagara.

ErinoakKids
Help children with a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities overcome their challenges where they can, and cope with them no matter what.

The Geneva Centre for Autism in Toronto
Geneva Centre offers resources, training and conferences for professionals, parents and other caregivers. It offers e‐learning resources, webinars and visual resources.

Hawkin Institute - Mission Possible
Through innovative programs, Hawkins Institute offers practical employment counsel, training and placement for people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and Learning Disabilities (LD).

Kerry's Place
Offers safe and practical living arrangements within various communities in Southern Ontario, supports independent living arrangements, and teaches communication and life skills.

Kinark - Markham
Offers IBI and Support Services to children and their families who have a diagnosis of autism.

Leaps and Bounds
Offers programs and services to individuals with Autism and other special needs, including behavioural management, sensory processing techniques, auditory and visual skills, life skills, training, play skills, language and social communication, pre‐academic and academic.

The Listening Centre
Offers sound stimulation programs with music and voice.

Pathstone Mental Health
The primary provider of childrenʹs mental health treatment in Niagara offers a broad spectrum of treatment services and programs, by highly qualified staff to strengthen children and families.

Phoenix Centre for Learning
Government-approved to deliver IBI/ABA services, and provider of interventions and support to children, teens, and adolescents with ASD, and related challenges.

Red Roof Retreat
Provides respite, recreation and horseback riding on an 11 acre hobby farm for children and youth with special needs.

St. Catharines - Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre
Provider of rehabilitation services to children and teens with physical and communication disabilities and special needs.

Strive: Autism Services

S.T.R.I.V.E is dedicated to Supporting and Teaching Relationships, Independence, Vocation and Empowerment to individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Niagara and Halton areas.

Surrey Place Centre - Toronto

Provides diagnostics, counselling, service coordination, behavioural therapy and educational programs to people living with a developmental disability and their families.

Whippermapper

Find local resources for your child!

Woodview Children's Mental Health and Autism Services
An accredited children's mental health centre that provides a comprehensive range of services for children and youth and their families.

wm+a
Utilizing the principles of ABA, they offer a range of behavioural intervention and support services that focus on skill development and learning.


Research

ASD: Canadian American Research Consortium
Understanding the causes, origins and effects of autism spectrum disorders, and the effects of treatment of persons with ASD or a related disorder.

Association for Science in Autism
ASAT is a non‐profit organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education, treatment and care of people with autism.

Autism Awareness Centre
AAC hosts workshops and provides resources/support both in Canada and abroad.

Autism Research Institute
ARI is the hub of a worldwide network of parents and professionals concerned with autism.

Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network
CAIRN is a group of researchers and clinicians who saw the need to involve parents, other professionals and policy makers in the development of diagnosing and treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
CIHR is the Government of Canadaʹs agency responsible for funding health research in Canada.

International Society of Autism Research (INSAR)
INSAR is a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders.

Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior/Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis is a psychology journal that publishes research about applications of the experimental analysis of behavior to problems of social importance.

Autism Speaks Canada
Dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness; and advocating the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Offord Centre for Child Studies
Leaders in the scientific study of children's emotional, social and cognitive development.

Ontario Adult Autism Research and Support Network
OAARSN offers information and communication tools to connect adults with autism, family members, caregivers, friends, support workers, teachers, administrators and policymakers.

Ontario Mental Health Foundation (OMHF)
Aims to promote the mental health of people living in Ontario, to prevent mental illness and to improve diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Pub-Med
PubMed comprises more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals back to 1948.

Yale Autism Program
An interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scholars dedicated to providing comprehensive clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

UCLA Mental Health Project
Created in 1986 to pursue theory, research, practice and training related to addressing mental health and psychosocial concerns through school‐based interventions.


Child Care

CanadianNanny.ca
Resource for hiring qualified and experienced nannies in Canada.

The Early Childhood Community Development Centre
The ECCDC offers information about child care services in Niagara, has a lending library of learning resources and classroom equipment, and offers early learning and child care related training, consulting, research, project management and technology services.


Counselling & Therapy

Abma Counselling Services
Providing compassionate, professional psychological and counselling services to individuals, couples and families in the Niagara Region. Specialities include Family Issues, Relationships, Anxiety and Stress, Depression, Life Transitions, Parenting and Self‐esteem.

Attoe Counselling and Psychotherapy
Offering counselling, psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy, single session consultations, art therapy and infant‐parent therapy.

Beekhuis and Riley Associates, Counselling Network
Offer counselling based on proven principles of clinical practice. Deals with issues including: anger management, stress management, anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse issues.

Canadian Mental Health Association (Niagara Branch)
Offers counselling for emotional difficulties such as depression and anxiety.

David James and Associates Professional Counselling Services
Offering counselling for trauma, mental health issues, anger management, pain management, high risk youth, marital and family counselling. Also offers hypnosis.

Distress Centre Niagara
Distress Centre Niagara provides emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention, by telephone, to individuals of all ages who may be experiencing personal, family or other difficulties.

The Family Enhancement Centre
Full service counselling provider serving children, youth, adults, couples and families. We work from a strengths based perspective offering compassionate and confidential services to clients in the Niagara Region. Our counselling team include Registered Social Workers, Family Counsellors, Marriage Counsellors, Christian Counsellors and Play Therapists.

Gillian's Place
A charitable organization that assists abused women and their children.

Jane Bradley and Associates
A private service providing individual and couple counselling for adults, teens, children and those who have developmental challenges.

Joan Worthington, MSA, RSW Relationships and Stress
A private counselling agency specializing in relationship issues. Familiar with treatments for anxiety and depression.

Sexual Assault Niagara
A non‐profit, community based organization providing unconditional and non‐judgemental support and empowerment to those who have survived any form of sexual violence. Crisis Line: 905-682-4584.


Developmental Disabilities Resources

Developmental Disability Resources
DDRC is dedicated to including people with developmental disabilities into the community in real and meaningful ways.

Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities

Exists to support professionals and students working and pursuing careers in the field of developmental disabilities.


Education Resources

District School Board of Niagara

Niagara Catholic District School Board

Conseil District du Centre-Sud-Ouest

Consei Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud

The Autism Spectrum Disorder School Support Program
Provides consultation, training, and resource development to educators employed by public school boards in Ontario.

Association of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario (AECEO)
AECEO is a voluntary professional association that represents the interests of Early Childhood Educators across the province.

Different Learn
This site provides a variety of teaching materials that can be purchased.

Do to Learn
This site includes a collection of free printable visuals, games and teaching tools.

Parentbooks
Offers the most comprehensive selection of resources available anywhere - from planning a family to everyday parenting issues to special needs of all kinds.

School Specialty Special Needs
An education company providing innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and disabilities.

Sensory Resources
This site specializes in sensory integration and sensory processing.

SNOW (Special Needs Ontario Windows)

SNOW Project is a provider of online resources and professional development opportunities for educators and parents of students with special needs.

Integra

Dedicated to helping children and adolescents who experience social, emotional and behavioral problems related to their learning disabilities.


Employment Services

DisAbilities Plus
Career specialists who specialize in working with people with disabilities.

Employment Help Centre
A non‐profit community based organization offering free and confidential services to unemployed, underemployed or changing careers for adults 24 years old and over.

Niagara Centre for Independent Living

Provides individual employment counselling to any person with a disability in Niagara. Including job search, making decisions about disclosing a disability to an employer, applying for training or wage subsidies, writing resumes and cover letters and preparing for job interviews.

Northern Lights Canada
Employment and rehabilitation specialists, case managers, corporate trainers, and support staff to help you achieve your goals.

Workink
People with disabilities will find job search strategies and information about how employers can accommodate their disability.

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