Adults: Services & Supports for ages 16+ in York Region

Our Chapter operates various Summer Programs for youth and adults living with an ASD. For more information, please see our Program Descriptions and Brochure.

FINISHING HIGH SCHOOL? NOW WHAT? Life after high school requires planning well before that time arrives. We highly recommend that you start the process about the Grade 10 school year.

  • Autism, Adulthood and Adaptive Behavior: What Skills Will Your Child Need? In this 1 hour webinar, Dr. Peter Gerhardt discusses the safety, employment, self-management and other skills necessary for adulthood (Interactive Autism Network Jan 2014)
  • Transition Planning Resource Guide is a comprehensive guide with live links and is updated annually: Understanding Transition Planning, Developmental Services and Key Terminology; Provincially Funded Resources and Supports; ODSP, SSAH & Passport funding programs; Ontario Works, Post-Secondary Education; Vocational / Employment Programs; Day Programs / Community Participation Supports; Residential Supports; Respite Services; Autism Services; Legal & Financial; Recreation & Leisure; Bursaries & Scholarships; Transportation; other resources (York Region District School Board, June 2014, 18 pages)
  • Special Education Transition Planning Guide Entry to School, Transitions/School Day, Transition/One School Year to the Next; Transition Between YRDSB Schools or to a School outside the Board; Elementary to Secondary Transition; Secondary Transition to Post Secondary Options (York Region District School Board, 2014, 98 pages)
  • Transitions Brochure (York ASD Partnership, March 2014)
  • Transition to Adulthood Checklist (York ASD Partnership, March 2014)
  • Connections Manual A guide to assist in planning your transition from school to life in the community. (YSSN 2012, 134 pg pdf)
  • Access Services Listing (YSSN, Aug 2012)
  • Transition Planning list of useful documents shared by a parent


  • Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) is the 'Single Point of Access' to ministry funded services. DSO Central East Region (DSO-CER) serves York Region. View their Service Partners. Eligibility criteria must be met. Assessment follows using the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) developed by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). See their SIS section for more information.

DSO is also mandated to provide you with information about community fee-for-service providers and other resources. *See Chapter message below to private providers.





  • Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities: Transition to Post-Secondary Education What do you need to know before you head off to college or university? Learn about your rights and responsibilities, how to advocate for yourself, what financial aid is available and more.
  • Navigating College - A Handbook on Self Advocacy written for students with autism by students with autism. At over 100 pages, the handbook produced by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network is said to be the first-of-its-kind to be geared toward individuals with autism rather than parents or professionals. It’s punctuated by first person accounts and frank talk, offering young people with autism a look at the changes they can expect when transitioning to college both socially and academically. The guide also touches on topics like self-advocacy, independent living and basics like maintaining good eating and sleeping habits.



  • York Region Lifetime Independent Facilitation (YRLIF) is a not-for-profit agency whose mission is to develop the local and lasting professional capacity necessary to empower people with an intellectual disability to be full citizens in our community by ensuring the availability of trained independent facilitators within York region. About YRLIF & upcoming events. Contact us at

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  • Adults section has information with a provincial focus
  • COUNT ME IN Provincial Registry of adults with ASD or Asperger's & their supporters



Atlas on the Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario (CAMH, Dec 2013)

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