Annual Chapter Meeting

Our Annual Chapter Meeting was held on May 17th in Whitby. Three individuals were voted onto the 2017/2018 Chapter Leadership Council. These individuals will fill the mandatory three executive positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer. They are listed here in no particular order; positions will be determined at the next Chapter Leadership Council meeting:

Sharon Lakhan ~ Ashley Arruda ~ Shannon Greaves

In addition we:
- were presented with a cheque for $50 000, from Dan Milanovic, owner of the Elite Meat Company in Ajax, which were proceeds from the Niko's Night for Autism gala.
- presented 4 Junior Advocate Awards to this year's winners: Ben Dunstan, Josh Hodder, Damen Martin and Danna Hernandez-Romero.
- recognized Stan and Nicole Dranski and the Liverpool Supporters Club of Durham Region for their ongoing support of the Hollylynn Towie Scholarship Fund
- said goodbye to John Higo (Chapter President), Julie Wormington (Communications Coordinator) and Heidi Stephenson (Event Coordinator). We thank them for their time of service, commitment and support.

   Posted May 19, 2017

4th Annual Autism Awareness Run/Walk

Despite the threat of rain, over 250 children and adults and even some furry friends came together for the 4th Annual Autism Awareness Run/Walk organized in partnership with Autisms Angels. Congratulations to top fundraisers Aisling Brewer (adult), Kash Freeman (child) and Team Eric (team)! Thank you to Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell and local MPP Lorne Coe for coming out to show your support, for Kara Onofrio of Autisms Angels, and for all the volunteers, sponsors, and community members for helping make it such an amazing event. In total $46 332 was raised to support the autism community in the Durham Region.

   Posted May 19, 2017

Niko's Night for Autism Fundraising Gala

Niko's Night for Autism was an amazing night of community, love and support as over 230 guests came together to support Autism Ontario. At our 2017 Annual Chapter Meeting Dan Milanovic, owner of the Elite Meat Company and event organizer presented us with a cheque for $50 000! We cannot say enough to thank the Milanovic family and the Elite Meat Company for their support and committment to helping the ASD community in the Durham Region.

   Posted May 19, 2017
A Safe Park for All

The Town of Ajax is the first municipality in Ontario to officially open a Safe Place to Play at the Miller’s Creek Park in July 2016. It is located at Miller’s Creek Park, McLean Community Centre, 95 Magill Dr., Ajax.

Ajax resident and autism grandmother Karen Tremblay and Autism Ontario Durham Region worked with the town of Ajax on a plan to provide a safe playground for kids who are prone to wandering or elopement. The park provides a safe and inclusive space for children with all abilities to play.

   Posted January 11, 2017
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 Tiffany MacDonald at or 905-723-8405.

For more details on the Potential Programme click here.

   Posted June 13, 2016
For details and to see our other membership benefits click here.Membership Benefits!

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

Autism Ontario members can now receive discounts on membership and other services at the Abilities Centre in Whitby. See our Membership page for details. 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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