Autism Ontario responds to Ministry of Child and Youth Services announcement

Please see Autism Ontario's response to the Ministry of Child and Youth Services announcement on June 28, 2016.We look forward to continued work with the government around seamless, individualized, continually-assessed, evidence-based and effective interventions and supports across the lifespan of all people with ASD.
Click here to read Autism Ontario's response

   Posted June 29, 2016
Thank You!

In May and June, Autism Ontario Durham Region made presentations to Durham municipalities with information about the new provincial funding program and the impact it would have on Durham families and families across the province. By the end of June, the municipalities of Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington and the Region of Durham, had unanimously passed a motion urging the provincial government to amend their policy and re-instate IBI funding for children over the age of 5.

In the wake of the MCYS Minister, Michael Couteau's announcement yesterday of a revamp and additional funding for the Ontario Autism Program, we wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of those who contributed to this historic event.

To all of the municipalities in Durham Region, the Mayors and Councillors who supported resolutions. To the Region of Durham itself. To the DDSB and DCDSB for supporting a similar resolution. To all of the advocacy groups, notably the Ontario Autism Coalition, and the Alliance Against the Ontario Autism Program, and all the rest that fought the good fight. To all of the MPP's who listened, and took the concerns of the Autism community to Queens Park. And finally, to the thousands of families, both those affected by the changes, and those not, who wrote letters, distributed posters, hung signs, or printed banners...THANK YOU!

It has been amazing to see a community come together. It is encouraging to know, that change can be affected, if we all work together. Imagine what we can accomplish if we continue.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

For details on the announcement click here.

   Posted June 29, 2016
Family Support

Has your child been newly diagnosed with autism? Are you connected to all the programs and services available to your child affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder in Durham Region? Is your family receiving all the support you need?

Our Potential Programme Family Support Coordinator in Durham Region is available to meet with parents/guardians to develop a support plan for you and your family. This service is free of charge to any individual or family affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

You can contact the Potential Programme Family Support Coordinator Monique Johnson at or 905-723-8405.

For more details on the Potential Programme click here.

   Posted June 13, 2016
Building Brighter Futures Fund is now accepting applications!

Are you an adult on the spectrum looking for some financial assistance to put towards greater participation in your local community?

Click here to apply for the Building Brighter Futures Fund

   Posted July 7, 2016

The Hollylynn Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance directly to adults with ASD in Durham Region who are pursuing their dreams and attending a post-secondary institution at any level within Canada. Congratulations to this year's recipients:

Korena Paul, Reilly Davidson, Amanda Ward, Birhanu Ashagrie, Sabrina Dionisio and Andrew Driscoll

   Posted June 30, 2016
To purchase tickets visit

Inside Out View of Autism Spectrum Disorder with Bill Nason

Are you a parent, educator or professional who supports an individual with autism?

In this 2-day workshop you will gain a greater understanding of how your child, thinks, feels and experiences the world (including the four main deficit areas (cognitive, sensory, social and emotional), while providing comprehensive toolbox of strategies for tackling the challenges they face each day. Participants will learn how to assess each area and develop a comprehensive profile individualized for the children. This toolbox of strategies can be implemented across home, school and therapeutic settings, focusing on helping the children feel safe, accepted and competent.

Taking place at the beautiful Carruther's Creek Golf and Country Club, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from Bill Nason MS LLP, a limited license psychologist, behaviour specialist and author of Facebook page "Autism Discussion Page". Through the Facebook Page, his two books and thirty five years of clinical practice, Bill has helped families, teachers and professionals all over the world become more competent in supporting their loved ones on the spectrum.

Early Bird rates apply!

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   Posted June 28, 2016
For details click here.Family Swim and BBQ at Camp Samac

Join us for an evening filled with friends and fun at Camp Samac for our Summer Family BBQ! The pool will be open from 5:00pm – 6:00pm for our private use. A BBQ dinner will be provided, an ice cream truck for dessert and lots of fun activities for the kids! For details click here.

   Posted June 13, 2016
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Success in the City #2 Fundraiser

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   Posted June 13, 2016

Baseball Oshawa Wild Wing Night

July 11th from 5-9pm

Join Baseball Oshawa and Oshawa Buffalo Wild Wing for a night of great food, raffles and entertainment, as they raise funds for Autism Ontario Durham Region! Great food, raffles and live entertainment.

   Posted June 13, 2016
Save the Date!

Coming this fall, our 1st Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament!

   Posted June 8, 2016
Click here to view the presentation.DRPS Autism Registry

We recently hosted an Autism Registry Information Night. A member of the Durham Region Police Service Mental Health Unit presented information about the Autism Registry and why it is an important and useful tool for both officers and individuals/families with a loved one with ASD. Click here to view the presentation.

   Posted May 31, 2016
For details and to see our other membership benefits click here.NEW Membership Benefits!

If there was ever a great time to be an Autism Ontario Durham Region member, it is now!

We are excited to announce that Autism Ontario members can now receive discounts on membership and other services at the Abilities Centre in Whitby. For details and to see our other membership benefits click here.

   Posted March 15, 2016
here.Read our E-News!

Our E-News is published once a month and is a compilation of announcements and information for families living with autism in Durham Region. To read previous issues or subscribe click here.

   Posted August 26, 2015

A tool for medical professionals to provide to newly diagnosed families

This tear off pad can be ordered upon request at and are provided complimentary of the Potential Programme.

To view, click here.

   Posted September 10, 2014

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