Community Resources

Autism Ontario

Autism Ontario (legally incorporated as Autism Society Ontario) is a charitable organization with a history of over 49 years representing the thousands of people on the autism spectrum and their families across Ontario. Made up of knowledgeable parents, professionals, and autistic self-advocates who can speak to the key issues that impact autistic individuals and their families, Autism Ontario is the province’s leading source of information and referral on autism, and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. There are seven regions across the province of Ontario.


We support nearly 14,000 children and youth to reach their communication, social, physical and behavioural goals each year. Using a blended model of virtual and in-person services, at KidsAbility, we help children, youth and families to achieve great things at home, at school and in their community. We work with each family to look at the whole child and together create a plan to make their goals possible.

So often, when a family has concerns about their child, the first place they turn to is KidsAbility. We support children and youth from birth to age 21 and their families to navigate the entire journey from childhood to adulthood, whether they have a diagnosis or not. Our team is here and families know that they are not alone immediately connected to resources, programs and supports. We believe providing early and exceptional family-centred services for the wellbeing of children, youth and families is the most powerful way to build brighter futures.

Autism and/or Intellectual Disability Knowledge Exchange Network (AIDE)

At its core, the Autism and/or Intellectual Disability Knowledge Exchange Network (AIDE Canada) is a tool to connect members of the community to the information and resources that they need. They deliver credible, reliable, and evidence-informed resources in an unbiased and accessible way.

AIDE Canada is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and is administered by the Pacific Autism Family Network Foundation

Kids Brain Health Network

Kids Brain Health Network is a national network of researchers and health professionals dedicated to helping children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. They fund collaborative research, train the next generation of developmental neuroscientists, and mobilize our findings for impact.

Through catalyzing collective action across sectors, KBHN ensures optimal care and better outcomes for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.

Boma Learning Centre Inc.

Using evidence-based practices in applied behaviour analysis, we work with individuals who need help building on and enhancing current skills, teaching new skills, and decreasing difficult behaviours. We don't do this job for the fame, glory and money; we at Boma do this job because we believe in helping other, doing the right thing and giving others tools that will help them meet their goals.

Laurier Autism Research Consortium (LARC)

Founded by Drs. Janet McLaughlin and Margaret Schneider, the Laurier Autism Research Consortium (LARC) is a passionate group of professors, research assistants and students, working alongside various autism organizations, clinical experts, parent advocates, families and autistic individuals. Through conducting and sharing socially engaged research with policymakers and the public, our collective goal is to improve service access and quality of life for all autistic people and their families.

Community Living Services - Waterloo Wellington

Supports that assist people with developmental disabilities to live independently in the community. Services may include help with employment support and training, residential living, community and family support, adult development programs, and recreation.


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