Community Resources

Autism Screening and Diagnosis

Early Years (Birth to 6 Years)

Pediatrician/Family Physician

Early signs may start as young as 6 to 24 months. Speak to your child's physician if you have a suspicion or recognize symptoms. There are a number of excellent online sources to help identify early signs including Autism Speaks and Autism Navigator.

Talk 2 Me

A collaborative service of 3 organizations: Connections Early Years Family Centre (lead), Children First and John McGivney Children's Centre. Contact them if you are concerned with your child's speech and language development (birth to 5 years). See Early Years Pathway.
Phone: 519-252-0636, www.connectwithus.ca

Healthy Babies/Healthy Children

A team of Public Health Nurses and Family Home Visitors assists families (prenatal up to 6 years) with parenting and promoting of healthy child development.
Phone: 519-258-2146 ext. 1350, www.wechealthunit.org

Children First

Provides an early intervention program for children birth to six years who have developmental or mental health concerns. Can be contacted if you have any concerns about your infant or preschooler's development or behaviour.
Phone: 519-250-1850, www.children-first.ca

NDDS Ontario

An innovative developmental checklist for infants and children up to 6 years of age, to be completed by a parent or health/child care professional. NDDS has a licensing agreement with the Government of Ontario to make the product free to Ontario residents.
www.ndds.ca/ontario

Children, Adolescents (6 to 17 Years) & Adults

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Regional Children's Centre

Assessments and consultations for autism and related disorders are available for children and adolescents 6 to 17 years. Parents can contact the organization for intake details.
Phone: 519-257-5215, www.hdgh.org/regionalchildrenscentre

House on Riverside - The Psychological Services & Research Centre

Psychological services are provided by clinical trainees under the supervision clinical psychologists from the Department of Psychology for a low-cost. Services are available for members of the community who are 18 years of age and older and for children and adolescents age 6 to 17.
Phone: 519-973-7012, www.uwindsor.ca/psychological-services

Private Psychological Assessments

For adults and those wanting another option for their child, a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders can be made by a licensed Clinical Psychologist or specially trained doctor for a fee. You should investigate the qualifications of anyone providing private assessments.


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Community Agencies

Ontario Autism Program (OAP) for Southwestern Ontario

Thames Valley Children's Centre (TVCC) and it partner agency, the John McGivney Children's Centre are the designated Southwestern Regional Ontario Autism Program service providers for Windsor-Essex. Together they offer Autism Services to children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) up to the age of 18. Autism services include: Applied behaviour analysis (ABA)-based treatment plans created in partnership with your family, based on clinical assessments; A range of services and supports geared to your child and family's goals; Service options and treatments that change based on your child's individualized needs. Lean more about the Ontario Autism Program here.
Phone: 519-685-8700 or toll free: 1-866-590-8822 Press 1, 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

The Advocacy Planning and Support Worker (APSW) supports adults with developmental disabilities to participate in all aspects of community life (education, employment, recreation, home and social planning). All referrals to the APSW program are completed by Developmental Services Ontario. Other programs for adults with developmental disabilities include the Voluntary Trusteeship Program which offers support for individuals who need help managing their finances, setting up a budget and paying bills, Housing Services, Form Completion Services and more.
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. You can also access the Autism Parent Resource Kit.
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 - Ontario Autism Program

TVCC and it partner agency, the John McGivney Children's Centre are the designated Southwestern Regional Ontario Autism Program service providers for Windsor-Essex. Together they offer Autism Services to children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) up to the age of 18. Autism services include: Applied behaviour analysis (ABA)-based treatment plans created in partnership with your family, based on clinical assessments; A range of services and supports geared to your child and family's goals; Service options and treatments that change based on your child's individualized needs. Lean more about the Ontario Autism Program here.
Phone: 519-685-8700 or toll free: 1-866-590-8822 Press 1, 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: 226-221-8520, www.therapeuticlearningcentre.ca


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Respite Services

Community Living Essex

A charitable organization committed to assisting people of all ages who have an intellectual disability and their families throughout Essex County. Services include in-home support, respite care, residential supports, employment services, personal outcome planning, co-ordination of services and more.
Phone: 519-776-6483, www.communitylivingessex.org

Community Living Windsor

A charitable organization that provides supports and services to adults who have an intellectual disability including assistance with or administration of Passport and individualized funds, respite care, residential support, employment services, day programs through Ventures and more.
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 (SSAH)

The Special Services at Home program (SSAH) helps families who are caring for a child with a developmental or physical disability. Funds can be used for a support worker or for respite care. It is funded and managed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and funds can be self adminstered.
See more at www.children.gov.on.ca.
SSAH is also adminstred locally through Family Respite Services of Windsor and Essex County
Phone: 519-972-9688, www.familyrespite.org

Respite Care

The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program (ACSD) provides financial support for low to moderate income families to cover some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a severe disability including respite care.
See more at www.children.gov.on.ca
Phone: 1-877-832-2818 Ext. 341
ACSD is also adminstred locally through Family Respite Services of Windsor and Essex County
Phone: 519-972-9688, www.familyrespite.org

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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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.
Email

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

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
ACSD is also adminstred locally through Family Respite Services of Windsor and Essex County
Phone: 519-972-9688, www.familyrespite.org

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

Incontinence Supplies Grant Program

Administered by Easter Seals Ontario and fully funded through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), this program provides funding to help with the cost of diapers and other similar supplies for children three to 18 years old.
Phone: 519-944-0044 or Email, www.easterseals.org

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)

The Special Services at Home program (SSAH) helps families who are caring for a child with a developmental or physical disability. Funds can be used for a support worker or for respite care. It is funded and managed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and funds can be self adminstered.
See more at www.children.gov.on.ca.
SSAH is also adminstred locally through Family Respite Services of Windsor and Essex County
Phone: 519-972-9688, www.familyrespite.org

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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Federal Programs & Tax Credits

Child Disability Benefit

This benefit is offered to families with low to modest income and a child with a severe and prolonged disability. To apply for this program, you must have a signed Disability Tax Credit Certificate as well as a completed Canada Child Tax Benefit application form (RC66).
Website: www.canada.ca/child-disability-benefit

Disability Tax Credit

This tax credit lowers the amount of tax you may owe if your child has severe, long-lasting mental or physical disabilities. A qualified physician must complete the medical section of the application.
Website: www.canada.ca/disability-tax-credit



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: 226-674-3500 or email, www.roots2wings.ca

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. Special gymnastic and swimmer for ASD only. 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 Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30pm at Central, 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


Services mentioned are for information purposes only. Inclusion does not constitute an endorsement.


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Updated October 11, 2017


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