Community Resources

Respite Services

Community Living Essex

In-home support, respite care, co-ordination of services and advocacy for all ages who have an intellectual disability.
Phone: 519-776-6483, www.communitylivingessex.org

Community Living Windsor

Residential and support services for adults with an intellectual disability.
Phone: 519-974-4221, www.clwindsor.org

Family Respite Services

For families caring for children under the age of 18 who have intellectual, physical and mental health disabilities. Facilitates Special Services at Home (SSAH), Assitance for Children with Servere Disabilites (ACSD), and other provincially funded Resipite programs.
Phone: 519-972-9688, www.familyrespite.org

Development Services Ontario

For families caring for an adult or for adult individuals with a developmental disability. The is an access point for support and services including Passport funding which replaces Special Services at Home (SSAH) funding when an individual turns 18 years of age.
Phone: 519-945-3797 or 1-855-437-6797, www.dsontario.ca

Special Services at Home

The Special Services at Home program (SSAH) helps families who are caring for a child with a developmental or physical disability. It is funded and managed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
See more at www.children.gov.on.ca

Respite Care

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services funds two programs that can give families a break (or "respite") from the day-to-day care of their child with special needs.
See more at www.children.gov.on.ca

The Respite Learning Portal

This a website devoted to people who are interested in learning more about the world of respite and those already providing respite support who want to access more training, information, and to share ideas and resources. Offers a free online parent module to assist parents in finding respite staff.
See more at www.respitecourse.ca


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Community Agencies

ABA-Based Services in Southwestern Ontario

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)-based services and support for children and youth (under 18 years) with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) provides information and education on ABA strategies. Services are provided to families and people and agencies who work or play with children and youth with ASD. Services are provided by a community partnership of local agencies coordinated by the Thames Valley Children's Centre. The IBI (Intensive Behaviour Intervention) program is also available to children that qualify. See Thames Valley Children's Centre below for more details.
Phone: 519-685-8700 or 1-866-590-8822 ext. 54082, www.tvcc.on.ca

Autism Ontario Windsor-Essex Chapter

AO is dedicated to increasing public awareness about ASD and its effects on individuals and families.
Phone: 519-250-1893, www.autismontario.com

Family Services Windsor

Advocacy, planning and support work for adults with developmental disabilities living in the community. Professional counselling and employment assistance services available. Psychological Assessment Services Available in French and English. Educational/Academic Psychological Assessments for Children/Youth, Educational/Intellectual Psychological Assessments for Adults and Psychological and Risk Assessments for Developmental Services Ontario for Adults. Fees are determined based on income levels.
Phone: 519-966-5010 or 888-933-1831, www.familyserviceswe.ca/

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Help Link Access Services

Information, referral and community service coordination to help children and families experiencing difficulties find services in Windsor-Essex.
Phone: 519-252-2313, www.hdgh.org/rccservices

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Regional Children's Centre

A Children's mental health centre serving children and youth ages 6-18 years who are have social, emotional, developmental and/or behavioural issues. Assessments and consultations for autism and related disorders are available.
Phone: 519-257-5215, www.hdgh.org/regionalchildrenscentre

Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Provides funding and programs for children with special needs such as Special Services at Home which helps children and youth with developmental or physical disabilities to live at home.
Phone: 519-254-1651 or 1-800-387-7327, www.children.gov.on.ca

Ministry of Community and Social Services

Services and supports are available to help adults with a developmental disability participate fully as citizens in Ontario. Supports include the Ontario Disability Support Program and Passport accessed through Development Service Ontario.
Phone: 519-254-1651 or 1-800-387-7327, www.mcss.gov.on.ca

Regional Support Associates

Help and support for adults with an intellectual disability and/or a dual diagnosis in Southwestern Ontario. Affiliated with the Woodstock General Hospital, RSA offers services for the individual, their families and agencies supporting them in their community. RSA provides a range of services to adult individuals with developmental disabilities. These services include behavioural intervention, social sexual behavioural intervention, supports for victims of trauma/abuse, social skills development, speech and language assessments and the current broad range of counselling and assessment services.
Phone:1-800-640-4108, www.regionalsupport.on.ca

Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) of London

Provide voluntary services to children and youth with complex mental health and/or developmental challenges. Serve children and youth (and families) on a short term residential and community basis. The services are highly specialized and include assessment, consultation, treatment, research and education. Also provide programs and clinics for children and youth, their families and caregivers.
Phone: 519-858-2774 or 1-877-494-2774, www.cpri.ca

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Early Intervention

Children First

Provides services to families with children birth to 6 years of age who have special needs. Staff includes speech/language pathologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and resource consultants. Parents may self refer.
Phone: 519-250-1850, www.children-first.ca

John McGivney Children's Centre

Is a treatment centre, school and preschool, serving children birth to 21 years with physical and/or neurological disabilities. Services include: speech/language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and an augmentative communication clinic which can include the use of computers and other voice devices. Services are provided in the Centre, in homes, and in schools throughout Essex County. A physician's referral is generally required for new clients or speak with the Centre's intake coordinator.
Phone: 519-252-7281, www.jmcentre.ca

Summit Centre for Preschool Children

An intensive, behaviour therapy program is available to children between the ages of 18 months to 4 years who have a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of ASD and live within an one hour drive of the program site. The Centre's clinical director is Dr. Marcia Gragg Ph.D., C.Psych. There is a modest user fee based on ability to pay.
Phone: 519-255-1195, www.summitcentre.org

Talk 2 Me - Connections Early Years Family Centre

Local Preschool Speech Language Program for children up to 5 years of age. Services include screenings, speech/language assessments, educational workshops and parent interventional programs including, More than Words - The Hanen Program for Parents of Children with ASD.
Phone: 519-252-0636, www.connectwithus.ca

Thames Valley Children's Centre - Autism Program

The Autism Program is provided to children (0 to 17 years) and their families who live in Southwestern Ontario and is comprised of two distinct services sharing a foundation in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and other evidence based strategies supported by empirical research. The two programs are the Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI) and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)-based services. The IBI is a client direct service for younger children who have been diagnosed with ASD toward the severe end of the spectrum. The ABA-based services program is a joint partnership between TVCC and John McGivney Children's Centre. This program uses ABA strategies to support children and youth with ASD using a group-based model. ABA-based services also provide consultation and training for parents/caregivers and community providers. Parents can call and speak with an intake coordinator who will assess their eligibility. Other ABA-based services include Transition to School and Community, Connections for Students and Educational Workshops.
Phone: 1-866-590-8822, www.tvcc.on.ca

Therapeutic Learning Centre Inc.

Provides IBI therapy and ABA-based educational services and programs for a fee. Programs include Parent & Family Training, Social Skills Playgroups, After-school Programs, Tutoring and more.
Phone: 519-252-0636, www.connectwithus.ca


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Parent and Sibling Support Groups

Autism High Functioning Group

Meetings are held the third Monday of the month at St. Matthews Church Hall, 1600 Norfolk. For parents of children with Aspergers or children on the mild end of the spectrum.
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Autism Ontario - Potential Programme

Social groups for adolescents and adults with Aspergers. A variety of family events and informational seminars are held throughout the year.
Phone: 519-250-9410, www.autismontario.com/rcp

Ensemble

A families supporting families organization. Empowers parents with children who have disabilities by making resources and tools that provide ideas, coping mechanisms and guidance available to them. They will try and facilitate connections among parents from the same culture and language. Resources are available in a number of different languages.
Phone: 519-776-6486 ext. 225, www.ensembleunderstands.com

Family Respite Services

Sibling Support Group. Contact the office for details.
Phone: 519-972-9688, www.familyrespite.org

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Regional Children's Centre

Developmental Disabilities Sibling Group. Contact the office for more information.
Phone: 519-257-5215, www.hdgh.org/regionalchildrenscentre

My Space ASD Social Group

Tuesday mornings starting at 9:30 until 11am at Ska-na Family Learning Centre Ontario Early Years Centre, 1684 Ellrose Ave. An interactive program designed for children ages 3-6 with ASD and their caretakers. Caretakers are encouraged to network and share ideas about meeting the needs of their children. Caretakers must remain on the site.
Phone: 519-948-8115 ext. 28 or email

Summit Centre for Preschool Children

Parent and Sibling Groups meet monthly. Parents meet for a round table discussion on a specific topic while siblings participate in their own discussion group.
Phone: 519-255-1195, www.summitcentre.org

Windsor Essex Family Network

Is a rapidly growing group of parents, brothers, sisters and friends who have come together to promote the well being of children who have disabilities.
Phone: 519-974-1008, www.windsoressexfamnet.ca


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Funding and Personal Support

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)

This government program provides financial help to assist with some of the extra costs of caring for a child with a disability. Financial and medical criteria must be met.
Phone: 519-254-1651, www.children.gov.on.ca

Development Services Ontario

This is your access point to apply for Adult Developmental Funding Services including Passport funding to purchase supports for community participation after high school. Families are encouraged to contact your local DSO when your child is 17.5 years of age.
Phone: 519-945-3797 or 1-855-437-6797, www.dsontario.ca

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

Income and/or Employment Supports for persons with a disability who are 18 years or older.
Phone: 519-254-1651, www.mcss.gov.on.ca.

Special Services At Home (SSAH)

SSAH helps children with developmental disabilities and their families by providing funding to purchase services and supports. Family Respite Services coordinates SSAH in Windsor and Essex County.
Phone: 519-972-9688

Southern Network of Specialized Care

Designed to promote improved services for individuals with developmental disabilities who need specialized care for co-existing mental illness and/or significant behaviours.
Phone: 519-974-9476, www.community-networks.ca

Windsor-Essex Brokerage

Provide personalized information like housing, employment, community opportunities, legalities, finances and budgets. Review the options of support dollars and support services from a wide range of options.
Phone: 519-966-8094, www.webps.ca


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Life and Community

Community Living Ontario Inspiring Possibilities Estate Planning Guide

A free digital resource geared to people who have a disability and their families as they consider their financial objectives and obligations.
Website: www.planinspiringpossibilities.com

Harmony in Action

Serves adults living with developmental and/or physical challenges, by providing opportunities to succeed.
Phone: 519-252-1207, www.harmonyinaction.com

Partners for Planning

A family-driven, non-profit organization with the goal of helping families overcome the challenges they face in creating and maintaining a good life and safe, secure future for their relative with a disability. Offers many online resources including webinars.
Website: www.partnersforplanning.ca

Reach For the Skye

A registered charity that provides a day program for developmentally and physically challenged youth and adults as well as students ages 13 to 20 years during P.A. Days, March Break and Summer Holidays. Download the brochure.
Phone: 519-946-0263, www.reachfortheskye.ca

Roots2Wings

Day and weekend programming for youth and young adults living with a disability.
Phone: 519-982-6880 or email, www.roots2wingswindsor.wordpress.com

St. Clair College Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE)

A two-year Ontario College Certificate to provide individuals with developmental disabilities and other significant learning challenges with the opportunity to experience college life, pursue a post-secondary education and develop skills which will help them prepare for employment.
Phone: 519-972-2727 ext. 4537, www.stclaircollege.ca.

Windsor Essex Transition Planning for Youths with Developmental Disabilities

This is a website to give parents and others who support young people with disabilities some tips, resources and practical information to help plan for the transition to life as an adult.
www.transitionplanningwindsoressex.ca


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Recreational Programs

Dance Classes

Soul to Sole Dance Studio offers classes for children and adults with exceptionalities. Call 519-903-2591 for details.

Hockey with Heart

For children with ASD to learn and play hockey.
Email: sdmachan@hotmail.com

ICHA

For all people with a physical or developmental disability in Windsor and Essex County. Programs include soccer, floor hockey, basketball, bocce, 5 and 10 pin bowling. Also host the annual fishing derby in June and offer social activities throughout the year.
Phone: 519-977-1209, www.icha.ca

Miracle League Baseball

A special league that provides the opportunity for children and adults with disabilities a chance to play baseball, make new friends, and build self esteem.
Phone: 519-919-4641, www.amherstburgmiracle.com

Special Olympics LaSalle-Windsor

Year-round athletic training and sports competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities: bowling, swimming, track and field, and more.
Phone: 519-978-0193, www.lwspecialolympics.com

W.S.C. Special Stars Soccer League

This wonderful soccer League is for children and young adults ages 4 to 25 with Autism or Asperger's. The program runs on Sunday afternoons. Indoor Season starts in Feburary to mid May and is played at General Brock School. Outdoor Season begins mid May to July and is played at Central Park Indoor Facility. There are different skill levels in which to place a child so they can best excel in the program. Registrations takes place in October. For more information contact Patrick Roberts by email.
Phone: 226-345-0228, www.wecspecialstars.com

Speqtra

Special Equestrians Therapeutic Riding Association is a centre for therapeutic horseback riding for people with a intellectual or physical disability located in Leamington. Therapeutic riding has been shown to improve balance co-ordination, muscle strength, self-confidence & self-esteem, attention span, social integration and independence.
Phone: 519-322-2463, www.speqtra.ca

Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex

Programs include family open swim and skating. Plus Fantastic Fridays for youth (7 to 12) and teens (13+) and Super Saturdays for kids (6 to 12). Swimming, arts & crafts, sports and games are just some of the fun-filled action packed experiences planned! Individuals with special needs accompanied with a support worker are welcome. Registration is required. See Activity Guide for details.
Phone: 519-969-7771, www.lasallecultureandrecreation.ca

Whole Note Music Therapy Services

Therapy programs for youth and adults at different development levels.
Phone: 519-478-0060, www.wnmusictherapy.com

Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association

Qualified therapeutic riding instructors who are teaching horseback riding, providing improved co-ordination, posture and physical exercise.
Phone: 519-726-7682, www.wetra.ca

Windsor Parks and Recreation

Programs offered in community centres and pools are available to all in the community. Individuals with disabilities can be accompanied by a caregiver. In some cases accommodations may be required. Contact the community centre directly or check out the online Activity Guide.
Phone: 519-253-2300, www.citywindsor.ca

Windsor Parks and Recreation - Gymnastics for Children with ASD

Saturdays from 2 until 2:45pm. Classes are at South Windsor Recreation Complex, 2555 Pulford (Oakwood is now closed). For ages 5 to 10 years with ASD. An adult caregiver must be in attendance. See Activity Guide here for more details.
Phone: 519-966-6065, www.citywindsor.ca

Windsor Public Library

Adult Sensory Reading Circle Wednesdays from 2pm to 3pm at Budimir Library and Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30am at Riverside Library. A fun sensory program for adults with special needsand their support person.
Phone: Budimir Library 519-255-6770 ext. 3300. or Riverside Library at 519-255-6770 ext. 6620.

Winstars Gymnastics

Offers an exclusive program to children and adults with special needs. Their goal is to provide gymnastics training and competitive opportunities for athletes with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Phone: 519-972-1397, www.winstarsgym.com


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Updated January 13, 2017


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