Here is a directory of resources for parents who have a child with autism over 6 years of age. Resources for parents who have a child with autism under the age of 6 are listed below where indicated. Please know that this page is constantly being updated with information and we will continue to add more resources when information becomes availible to us to help you! If you notice a link on our website that is not working, please email us at email@example.com and let us know. We will fix it and replace it with another resource. We also have information packages from many different organizations which will be indicated at the bottom of each section. If you are interested in them please contact us and we will email them to you.
For more information on all services listed below, please call Community Information Toronto. (416) 397-4636.
Autism Canada (519) 695-5858
P.O. Box 366
Bothwell, ON N0P 1C0
Advocacy Autism Society of Ontario (416) 246-9592
Information and referral, advocacy with government, service providers and interest groups, newsletter, service development, parent support groups, Saturday recreation program, summer day camps.
Etobicoke Children’s Centre (serves Etobicoke and York) (416) 240-1111
Family and child assessment, family counselling, consultation case management, consultation, case management, referrals, and school consultation. Day treatment services for children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Geneva Centre for Autism (serves Toronto) (416) 322-7877
Clinical service to families including parent training, and mediator model behaviour, SLP/OT consultation for home and school, parent support, diagnostic counselling and respite services. Groups for children ages 5-19 and adults Training and resource services include: workshops, training courses and clinical consultations. Resource Services: Library of books, videotapes plus speakers, Autism Support Directory.
Surrey Place Centre (lead agency TPAS, serves all of Toronto) (416) 925-5808
Provides consultation and intervention services in infant/child development (including motor development), preschool speech and language, behaviour management, service coordination, interdisciplinary team assessment and diagnosis, family and individual counselling, and audio logical assessment for children under six with an established or suspected developmental disability.
Autism Speaks Canada
Action for Neighbourhood Change (The Hub)
Works with residents to create strong, engaged communities.
Canadian Council on Rehabilitaion and Work
Promotes and supports meaningful employment of people with disabilities.
Community Living Toronto (416) 968-0650
Offers support and services to people with intellectual disabilites.
WoodGreen Community Services
Offers personalized employment service in addition to many other community services.
True Friends Respite Services Inc.
Contact: Sharon Sewards
Supporting persons with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities that may include Autism Spectrum Disorder in our community through afternoon, evening respite and full-time holiday programs.
CHAP (Community Helpers for Active Participation) (416) 422-7045
Joint service of Bloorview MacMillan and Geneva Centre for Autism. Out of home respite options.
Extend-A-Family (416) 484-1317
Home Child Care Program (416) 922-3434
Home child care services for full time or part time care.
CCAC Community Care Access Centre (416) 750-2444
100 Consilium Place, Ste 801
For occupational therapy and speech language therapy.
Family Court (416) 326-3592
For Legal Information.
Family Responsibility Office (416) 326-1817
Legal Aid Ontario
Laws of Ontario
Flemingdon Community Legal Services
Offers legal advice about landlord/tenant, ODSP income support and immigration issues.
Community Legal Clinic
Your Legal Rights
Income Tax Information:
The following are website links which may help you to understand taxes and rebates for parents with children with disabilities. These resources are for those who live in the province of Ontario.
Notice of Assesment 1-800-959-8281
Press 0 for the operator.
For information on Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities:
For information on Ontario Disability Support Program ODSP - Information on BOTH homeschooled and TDSB
For the Ontario Disability Tax Credit Certificate Form 6729:
Medical and Disability - Related Information
Information on Medical expenses for self, spouse or common-law partner, and your dependent children born in 1994 or later:
This is a list of eligible medical expense:
Information for Attendant Care Expense Deduction:
Information for claiming for medical expenses, travel, meals, vehicle, accommodations:
If you've missed the deadline for deductions or if you feel your claim has been rejected unfairly, contact the fairness commission for Taxpayer Relief Provisions at: http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/fairness/
For expenses directed by licensed practitioners ask these practitioners to give you a letter on their letterhead prescribing the treatment as necessary for your child. Keep receipts for everything (including reinforcers, parking stubs, gas receipts, office supplies, postal receipts, meals if traveling for medical help etc.)
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services (416) 325-5666
Special Services at Home and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (416) 325-0623
Provides funds to families who have children under 18 years of age living in the family home with physical/developmental disabilities (to purchase in-home support services, extra wear items, clothes, sheets, babysitting rates for more skilled worker, camp fees)
Ontario Disabilities Support Program: (Income based) Social assistance for parents of autistic children.
Tax information for People with Disabilities (1-800)-959-2221
Child Subsidy (416) 397-7940
1457 McCowan Road Suite 200
(McCowan Road and Milner)
Child Tax Income Tax Information 1-800-387-1193
RBC Royal Bank
Provides Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) information. For information please visit a Royal Bank near you.
Ministry of Health Assistive Devices/Incontinence Program (416) 327-8804
Funding for special physical or feeding equipment, extra diapers, and hearing aids. You can claim income tax on any amount of diapers over the allowance given you by assistive devices.
Trillium Drug Program (416) 642-3080
For more information: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/drugs/programs/odb/opdp_trillium.aspx
Easter Seals (416) 421-8778
Provide funding for Incontinence Supplies (Diaper Grant) for special needs children over age 3.
Diaper Place (416) 615-1636
4800 Sheppard Avenue East Unit 121
Scarborough, Ontario M1S 4N5
2 locations. Provides baby and adult diapers and home health care products.
We currently have 1 booklet about toilet training. Please email us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send them to you.
President’s Choice Children’s Charity
Up to 18 years of age
1 President’s Choice Circle
Brampton, ON L6Y 5S5
For application information and form:
March of Dimes Canada
Offers programs and services to people with physical disabilites to encourage independence and participation.
Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 or 1-866-553-7205
Child Development Clinic at Bloorview MacMillan Children Centre (416) 425-6220
Day care, communication training, socialization.
Autism Research Unit (416-813-8748)
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Study genetics of Autism
Doctor at Home Medvisit (416) 631-1300
7 days a week from 8am to 11pm
Call to have a doctor come to your home if needed.
We currently have 1 booklet on medication. Please email us for details at email@example.com and we will send it to you.
Emergency Dentistry 416-485-7121
Markham Dentistry for Children
4261 Highway 7
Dr. Paul Andrew
2338 Hurontario St.
We currently have 2 booklets about dental care. Please email us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send them to you.
The Hanen Centre
1075 Bay Street, Suite 515
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2B1
Phone (416) 921-1073
Toll Free 1-877-426-3655 (North America Only)
Fax (416) 921-1225
Can order books or DVD, workshops for speech and language, you can find a Hanen Speech and Language Pathologist on their website.
Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (416) 633-0515 or (416) 924-1164
Children’s mental health centre. Outpatient services for emotionally troubled youth (0 – 18) and their families. Assessment, family, group and individual therapy, Art and play therapy, day treatment, parent training, toy lending library.
Books for Speech/Communication:
"More than Words" by Fern Sussman
"Louder Than Words" by Jenny McCarthy
Temple Grandin - Her website has all her books.
Currclick has great resources and materials for homeschoolers who have special needs such as ADD/ADHD, Auditory Impairments, Auditory Processing Disorder, Autism/Asperger's, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Fine Motor Considerations, General, Gifted, Learning Style Considerations, Reading Recovery, Sensory Processing Disorders, Short Term and Long Term Memory Difficulty, Speech-Language Impairments, and Visual Disorders/Impairments.
Excellent website for all types of information for parents and teachers.
Downloadable zip file of over 2000 realistic pictures from which to create visual aids. Designed to improve the shopping experience of families with children with communication difficulties (e.g. autism). Website includes simple directions for making visual grocery lists, flash cards, recipe cards, etc., from the pictures.
Order your groceries online and have them delivered to your door! (One of our most used sites!) Also carry Gluten-Free Products.
We currently have 2 booklets on Gluten-Free cooking. Please email us for details at email@example.com and we will send them to you.
Scarborough Hospital – General Division (serves Scarborough) (416) 438-2911
Diagnosis, occupational therapy. Only offers speech and language services for children under 6 years of age.
Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services
Toronto Public Health