Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter Siblings Group

The Toronto Chapter is excited to announce that it will be offering a program for siblings of children/youth with ASD tailored around their role as siblings and the needs of their siblings with special needs. The program is designed for siblings between 8-12 years of age.

The program will take place at Autism Ontario Provincial Office located at 1179 King Street West, Suite 004 Toronto, ON M6K 3C5. This program is only open to Toronto Chapter Members and there is no charge. Enrollment is limited so please sign up now! 

Registration closes on Tuesday January 23, 2018.

Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter Children's Christmas Party!

Please join us for our annual Christmas party. Enjoy a visit from Santa, games, crafts, food, photos, and entertainment for the whole family!

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Time: 12:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Port Union Community Recreation Centre

5450 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough

Admission: Free with registration 

Registration for Autism Ontario members now open!! Registration open to the public on November 13!

**Please bring a canned donation to support our annual food drive for those in need.**

Space is limited. This event is open to children with ASD, their siblings and caregivers only! Gluten free food options will be available!

Register here!

2017 Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter Halloween Party 

Join us for our fourth annual Halloween party held in partnership with the U of T Autism Alliance, a student club at U of T. There will be activities, food (pizza), snacks, and Trick or Treat candy! Siblings are welcome to come too! The cost of the event is free. Parental supervision is required. This is not a drop-off event. Pay parking is available near the building.

The targetted age range for children is 5-15.

Date and Time

Monday, October 30, 2017

5:30-7:30pm EDT 


University of Toronto - St. George Campus 

33 Saint George Street

Cumberland House

Toronto, ON M5S 1A4

Register here!

2017 Scotiabank Chaity Challenge - Support the Toronto Chapter! 

Autism Ontario, Toronto Chapter is participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this year, and we need your support!

Funds raised by our Chapter are used to provide families with children on the autism spectrum with subsidies for camp, activities/programs and therapies, in addition to offering various social outings and events for the families. Please come on out and join us in the 5km run or walk or sponsor one of our team members and support your Toronto Chapter!!

Autism Ontario -Indepndent Cooking Program for Young Adults 

Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter is proud to announce a pilot project for young adults that will teach how to follow a recipe, prepare ingredients using different cooking techniques AND teach safety in the kitchen. A Chef will be facilitating the program. The goal of the program will have participants be comfortable with basic cooking techniques and using equipment and utensils in the kitchen independently. Not only will participants gain confidence in the kitchen but engaging socially will be a part of this program.

This is not a ONE on ONE program. Participants must be independent and able to travel to and from the venue and follow the Chef’s instructions.

Class will run weekly with 2 hour sessions with a maximum of 6 participants (18-25 years) starting in August. A day of the week has yet been determined.

As this is a pilot project, this program is free for all Toronto Chapter members. If you are interested, please contact Ginny Pearce, 647.328.4004.

Autism Ontario, Toronto Chapter 5th Annual Family Summer BBQ

Autism Ontario, Toronto Chapter invites you to join us for our 5th Annual Family BBQ held at the beautiful, enclosed grounds of CDG Centre. There will be fun games and activities for children of all ages, along with music, entertainment and a BBQ lunch! Bring a picnic blanket and/or a lawn chair, get to know other families living with ASD, and most importantly watch your kids have fun in a safe and enclosed environment.
When: Saturday, August 19, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Where: Children's Development Group (CDG Centre), 9875 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill

For more information and registration

Autism Ontario, Toronto Chapter - 2017 Summer Program/Camp Subsidy

The Toronto Chapter is excited to announce that it will be providing a $200/person subsidy to 20 Toronto Chapter members so that your children/adult with ASD can participate in any summer camp or summer program.
Not a member, not a problem. It is only $50.00 for a one-year membership, and it is easy to become a member to take advantage of this great program and other subsidies that the Toronto Chapter offers. Once you become a member, you can apply for the subsidy.

For more information

5 Guys Community Night Fundraiser for Autism Ontario
Yummy ... burgers, fries and a shake, and I can help send people with autism to post-secondary school?  Yes!
On Thursday June 22, between 4-9 PM, 20% of all sales (at  locations in GTA, London, and Sudbury) will be donated to Autism Ontario's Scholarship Fund.  Tell your friends, family, co-workers, schools!  Bring the flyer in paper, on your phone or tell the server your order is to benefit Autism Ontario.

Toronto locations include:
Warden 1285
810 Warden Avenue Unit C, Scarborough

York Mills 1495
865 York Mills Road Unit #3

Leaside 1538
85 Laird Drive Unit #1, Toronto

Cotu 1549
329 Yonge Street

Index Road 1556
148 North Queen Street Unit #5, Etobicoke

Stockyards 1705
70 Weston Road Unit #101, Toronto

First Canadian Place
100 King Street West

For more information, please click here: 5 GUYS AUTISM

Virtual Reality Gaming: Looking for independent young adults (ages 18-25)

We are proud to announce that we have a new YOUNG ADULT SOCIAL GROUP. The YASG group is for ASD young adults who would like to get to know other like-minded ASD young adults, to make friends and do to fun and interesting activities togetherWhat activities are done will be determined by the participants as a group. It could be fun activities such as bowling, movies, archery, go karting etc., or it could be volunteer activities or it could be learning new skills.  

This group is consisted of young adults who are independent and who can travel around Toronto independentlyWe get together twice a month to go out in the community to do activities. The goal is to make lifelong friends and do fun activities together. 

If interested, please sign up by May 27, 2017. Please note that intake is now required for this group. 

If you have never attended a YASG event, please complete the YASG Intake Form. The website for the YASG Intake Form and for signing up for the upcoming June 2 event is: 

For more information, click here: YASG EVENT

CDG Summer Day Camp Programs 2017 

Are you interested in CDG Summer Day Camp Programs?

Open for children and teenagers from ages 2 to 17!

Campers will participate in a variety of educational and artistic activites (crafts), build their social relationships and leadership skills, engage in various social group settings, as well as play outdoor games and sports! 

If interested, please contact Debbie at 905-237-6717.

For more information please click here: CDG Summer Camp 2017

Click here for registration link: CDG Summer Camp 2017 Registration

2017 March Break Program Subsidy 

The Toronto Chapter is excited to announce that we will provide a $100/family subsidy to 25 Toronto Chapter members so that your ASD children/adult can participate in any March Break program.

Please note the following criteria to receive any subsidy from the Toronto Chapter:
1) You must be a Autism Ontario 'Toronto Chapter' member;
2) The Toronto Chapter must have a diagnosis on file or you will have to send in a copy to the address below;
3) You must provide a receipt for the March Break program/camp.
4) Both the Diagnosis and the copy of the receipt has to be received before April 07, 2017. 

More information and registration 

Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter Children's Easter Party 2017 

Join us for our Easter party held in partnership with the U of T Autism Alliance, a student club at U of T. There will be activities, food, snacks, and candy! Siblings are welcome to come too! The cost of the event is free. Parental supervision is required; this is not a drop-off event. Pay parking is available near the building.

When: Wed, April 12, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Cumberland House (Centre for International Experience), 33 St George St, Toronto

The targeted age range for children is 5-15. Please note any dietary restrictions when registering.

More Information and Registration Link 


Interested in having a fun night out of dancing, food, and performances for a good cause?

This year, Ciao Bella Dance Studio will be hosting the Children Charity Gala taking place on Saturday, March 4th, 2017. 

At the Gala, there will be a prize draw and items that will be auctioned off as well.

For more details on location, ticket cost, and time please click here: 2017 GALA POSTER

If interested, contact the Ciao Bella Dance Studio for tickets at 905-856-4438 or email them at


Are you interested in CDG March Break Program?

This March Break Program is designed to focus on social skill development, group play and interaction with peers. 

Participants will play games, socialize, do arts and crafts, be involved in group discussions with the guidance and support of behaviur therapists, as well as bake and play outdoors! 

If interested, please RVSP to Debbie by Feb 20. Her contact information is: 905 237 6717.

For more information including dates, location, and costs please click here: 2017 CDG MARCH BREAK PROGRAM


Would you like to know about new and exciting programs offered by the Children's Development Group (CDG)?

CDG is known for providing specialized education and therapy for kids with learning differences, including: typical kids with different learning styles, dyslexia, autism, ADD, aspergers and learning disabilities.

Come meet their therapists/teachers, tour the Centre, ask questions and find out about their exciting programs that they have to offer! 

If interested, please RVSP to Debbie by Friday, Feb 17. Her contact information is: 905 237 6717.

For more information including times and locations please click here: OPEN HOUSE CDG

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Second Language Parent Mentorship Program

Would you like to connect with other parents of children with autism who speak your language?

Learn about the Second Language Parent Membership Program. This program helps parents/caregivers of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) connect to other parent/caregivers of children with ASD who speak their language either in person or by telephone.

CLICK HERE to see the poster

Are you  an independent young adult -  between the ages of 19-25 - and looking for a group of like-minded individuals to make friends and do interesting activities together?

 If so, see the poster for more information.


Are you an adult with ASD over the age of 18 looking for financial supports?

Find out more & apply for Autism Ontario’s Building Brighter Future’s Fund HERE


HCARDD - Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilties

Ontario Health Care Research in Developmental Disability (HCARDD) have recently developed a resource to direct families to the tools they might need when navigating the healthcare system. It walks families through the sound, evidence-based research being done in Ontario to effectively support families in the healthcare system, paying close attention to mental health, transitions, women and aging.  This resource includes tools developed specifically for caregivers and helpful communication tools to support working collaboratively with hospitals.

Click here to see HCARDD 101  resource


PEERS is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adolescents in high school (and their parents) with high functioning ASD who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.  

Are you and your teen interested in being a part of the next PEERS program in the Toronto area (to take place in the spring)?  Contact Christa ( )  to have your name added to the notification list. Note: this program requires a pre-interview and intake session; not all families interested will be accepted into the program.


Thank you to our Members!

The Toronto Chapter would like to thank our dedicated Chapter members for all your support throughout the years. Without you, we would not be here. To our non-members, if you would like to take advantage of subsidies, reduced cost at events etc. become a Toronto Chapter member now. Join and be part to Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter Family. You can register on line by clicking here

Click “Join Now” button on your computer, select “Toronto” under “Become a Member of Autism Ontario”, it’s that easy!

Membership & Support Opportunities

Wishing you and your families a safe and fun-filled summer. Here’s to meeting you at our upcoming events!

Toronto Chapter
Chapter President - Ginny Pearce            


ready willing and ableReady, Willing and Able

Are you looking for employment in the Greater Toronto Area?

Geneva Centre for Autism and Kerry’s Place Autism Services, in collaboration with Ready, Willing and Able are working to connect job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder to paid employment opportunities in your community.

Our local Autism Outreach Coordinators can support you in navigating your path to employment by connecting you with:


  • A range of employment opportunities in a variety of industries
  • Community agencies that provide post-secondary, pre-employment and on-the-job supports
  • Any additional supports or accommodations that may be needed on the job


CLICK HERE to start your Application

Ready, Willing and Able is an initiative that generates job opportunities for people who identify as being on the Autism Spectrum, in a variety of industries and sectors. Ready, Willing and Able will help you navigate your path to employment and connect you to supports you may need along the way within Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.


Daria Petrovic - Autism Outreach Coordinator 
416-322-7877 ext. 240,

Visit the website HERE

Click here for Details


TTC_logoFree fare for Support Persons accompanying individuals with disability

Effective January 1, 2014, a support person accompanying a person with a disability will not be required to pay a fare when travelling on the TTC.
Customers with disabilities who travel with a support person on the TTC must apply for a TTC Support Person Assistance Card to be eligible for this fare exemption. Starting Sunday, March 30, 2014  customers will require a Support Person Assistance Card in order for the support person to travel with the card holder on a single fare.


WANTED: Your Ideas for Social Learning Opportunities
We welcome your ideas for Social Learning Opportunities funded through Autism Ontario's Potential Programme.

Click here to learn how you can share your ideas with us!


Dear Members and Guests,

The Toronto Chapter is more than happy to share information regarding our Autism community. 
If you wish us to share your information the Toronto Chapter asks to please forward all pertinent information via email (include necessary links, pdf etc.) to for sharing. Please include consent to share said information.
If the information you wish to share is something received from another source, please ensure that consent to share has been provided.

Thank you,
Your Chapter CLC

Office Phone: 1 (866) 925-9969
Address: Autism Ontario Toronto
PO BOX 55570 Cedar Heights
Scarborough, ON
M1H 3G7

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