Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a life-long neurological disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to the people and world around them. ASD can affect behaviour, social interactions, and one’s ability to communicate verbally. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that while all people with ASD will experience certain difficulties, the degree to which each person on the spectrum experiences these challenges will be different.

One Step at a Time Caregiver Webinar

CTN offers monthly webinars for families living in Simcoe County and York Region who have a child or youth who has been recently diagnosed on the autism spectrum. ‘One Step at a Time’ helps new parents navigate resources, identify their emotions, provide tips on sharing the diagnosis and provides a sense of connection to the system and to other parents.

Click below to see upcoming workshop dates:

Community Support:

Ontario Autism Program 

Autism Ontario

CTN Events- Coffee Chats and Workshops
CTN Mentor Program

Autism Ontario Learning Resource Site

York ASD Partnership Resources
Autism Canada
Kerry's Place for Autism Services

Autism Teenage Partnership

Autism Ontario- Transition to Adulthood Resources

Adults with ASD

New Diagnosis:

What is autism?
A Guide for Parents of Autistic Kids written by Autistic Adults
York Region ASD Resource Kit
Welcome to the Autistic Community
Amazing Things Can Happen (video)

Autistic Not Weird videos

Amaze - resources and information

Autism Ontario: Ten Facts About Autism, What Autism Isn’t and the Language Statement

ASD Next Steps- F Word Profiles

Autism Navigator (parent education videos and courses)

AIDE Canada – Canada's largest resource hub for content catered to the autism and neurodivergent communities

Therapy Options:

Ontario Autism Program (OAP)

OAP Provider List
Foundational Family Services (FFS) Workshops for Parents (OAP)

Autism Ontario CommunityConnect site to find professionals

Parenting Tips:

Fine motor skills, toliet training and independent skills

Kinark Kreates are practical how-to videos to help you create resources in the home to support your child

Feeding and other tips for parents

Blood Tests for children and youth with autism (LifeLabs Program)

Celebrating the autism community- video by Autism Ontario

App for kids with autism

MedicAlert Autism Program

York Region Police Registration for children with autism- Project Lifesaver

100+ Books about Autism and Neurodiversity

Mental Health Literacy Guide for Autism

Facebook Groups:

Autism Inclusivity

Ask Autistics Ontario
Autism Family Support of Simcoe County