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The following services providers offer support groups. Please contact them directly for more information about their programs:

Autism Journey is a website intended for parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The goal is to share stories, provide friendship, support, resources and quality information to families and caregivers. 

Parent Support Group for Chinese Families of Children with Development Disability
Date: 3rd Saturday every month,
2014 Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar. 15, Apr. 19, May 17, Jun. 21, Jul 19, Aug. 16, Sep 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20

Time: 1:00 pm  to 4:00 pm
Venue: Gifted People Services.
513 McNicoll Avenue, North York M2H 2C9 (Intersection of Victoria Park and McNicoll Ave.)
Fee: Free of Charge

Childcare and Refreshment are provided.
To register, please visit 

Any Inquiries please call 647-699-8416 or email:

Support Group for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Ancaster Community Centre
41 Ancaster Road, North York
Every other Thursday
9:30 am to 11:00 am
To learn more & to register contact:

Rachele Zilli at 647-729-3634

Autism Path North York Parent Support Group
Location: 5100 Yonge Street, North York Civic Center, Committee Room #1 (1st Floor, to the right from the main entrance to the building), North York, Ontario
Tel.: 416-830-5120
Please, check the website for the information about the date and topic of the meetings.

I Believe in Miracles Special Needs Support Group,
Location: 505 Hood Road, Unit 13, Markham Ontario L3R 5V6
Fee: FREE!!!  This one is on IBIM!
Registration: Please email us at  or RSVP to

Parent Share
Who: families with children with developmental disabilities.
Where: Cedarbrook Community Centre, 91 Eastpark Blvd. Scarborough ( Behind Cedarbrae
Mall at Markham and Lawrence.)
Sponsored by: Woodgreen Community Services,Bonnie Heath
Community Living Toronto, Janet Dunne,
Extend-A-Family, Tamara Bailey,,

Parent\Self Advocate Group
Who: Families with children with developmental disabilities and /or adults with developmental
Where: Woodgreen Community Services, 815 Danforth Ave, unit 202, (Between Donlands
subway station and Pape subway station.)
Sponsored by: Woodgreen Community Services, Bonnie Heath,

Who: families of any age children with a developmental disability
Where: Long Branch Baptist Church, 3381 Lakeshore Boulevard W.
Sponsored by: Sharon Power, or 416 354 2521

Dad’s Group
Who: Dad’s of any age children with a developmental disability
Where: 3300 Yonge St Ste 200 North of Lawrence
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Dates: Contact Sam Rocchese, 416 484 1317 or

Parent Support Group for Chinese Families of  Children with Disability
Date: 2012 Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13,
2013 Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9 and Jun 13
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Community Living Toronto, Early Childhood Service.
1645 Warden Avenue, Scarborough M1R 5B3 (Intersection of Warden Avenue and Metropolitan Road, south of 401, inside Salvation Army Building)
Fee: Free of Charge
To register, please visit (the lower left of the page and click on the topics “Parents Support Group for Chinese Family”).  Any Inquiries please call 905-474-9500 Monita See (Ms) or 416-438-1165 ext 224 Miss Ho.

East Toronto Parent Support Group is held at Oakridge Public School (Danforth and Pharmacy) every other Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Contact: Kim Southern-paulsen,

Youth Link
Who: families with teenagers 12 to 21 years of age with developmental disabilities
Where: Youthlink 747 Warden Ave,
Time: Tuesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm
Dates: Starts Oct 30/2012
Contact to register at 416 967 1773 Angie Lau x259 or Roger Smith x224

Holland Bloorview Parent Talk
Who: Parent Support group
Where Holland Bloorview Family Resource Centre
When: Last Thursday of the month
RSVP: June Chiu 416 425 6220 x3389 or

Scarborough Residential Alternatives
Who: Families, friends, relatives, individuals with developmental delays, who are looking for
alternative residential arrangements.
Where: Community Living Toronto, 1712 Ellesmere Rd, 2nd floor Conference Room, (at
MCCowan Rd).
When: first Tuesday of the month, starting Oct 4, Nov 6, Dec 4, 2011
Contact: Bonnie Heath,

Community Living Toronto offers several forms of support group in their different regions, including North York and Scarborough

Geneva Centre for Autism offers some support groups

Extend a Family sponsors Safe & Secure Futures Networks, which aims to support the development of support circles. Network meetings held monthly (except through the summer) between 7 pm and 9 pm as follows:

West Network (Royal York Road United Church, 851 Royal York Road, 2 blocks south of Bloor) - first Monday of each month, contact Sharon Power ( 416-354-2521)

Central/East Network (St. Simon the Apostle Anglican Church, 525 Bloor Street East, between Sherbourne and Parliament) - first Tuesday of each month, contact Anne Murray ( 416-930-2080)

Please RSVP so you can be kept informed of changes or cancellations.

Extend a Family also facilitates family support groups in the city:

West Parents Support Group @ Long Branch Baptist Church
Day: Every 2nd week on Wednesday morning
Click here for more information & schedule
For further information and to register:
Contact: Sharon Power
Phone: 416.484.1317
Youth Sibling Support Group @ Extend-A-Family Main Office
Click here for more information.
For further information and to register:
Contact: Jessica Van Wyk
Phone: 416.484.1317
Contact: Sam Rocchese
Phone: 416.484.1317
Mom’s Morning Out – East Support Group @ Cedarbrook Community Centre
Day: Every 2nd week on Thursday morning
Click here for more information & schedule
For further information and to register:
Contact: Tamara Bailey
Phone: 416.484.1317
Toronto East Evening Parent Group
@ Oakridge Junior Public School - 111 Byng Ave. Scarborough
Click here for further information.
Day: Alternate Tuesday evenings
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For further information and to register:
Contact: Kim Southern-Paulsen
Phone: 416.484.1317
Adult Sibling Support Group 
Click here for more information.
For further information and to register:
Contact: Jessica Van Wyk
Phone: 416.484.1317
Safe & Secure Futures Networks
Meetings are held monthly in the evening.
Please click here for further information.
For further information and to register:
Contact: Sharon Power
Phone: 416.484.1317
Contact: Anne Murray
Phone: 416.484.1317


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