Scarborough Autism and

Special Needs Services

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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 available to us to help you!  If you notice a link on our website that is not working, please contact us 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.

Community Services

Autism Canada (519) 695-5858



Autism Canada
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.

Family Support and Respite Services

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

Scarborough, Ontario

M1H 3E3

For occupational therapy and speech language therapy.

Homeschooling Information

The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents


Family Court and Legal Information

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


Government Funding and Income Tax Information (Ontario)

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: 


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

Ontario Works


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.

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

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:


Easter Seals (416) 421-8778


Provide funding for Incontinence Supplies (Diaper Grant) for special needs children over age 3.

For application form:


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 and we will send them to you.

Charity Support

President’s Choice Children’s Charity

Up to 18 years of age

1 President’s Choice Circle

Brampton, ON L6Y 5S5


Phone: 1-866-996-9918

For application information and form:


March of Dimes Canada


Offers programs and services to people with physical disabilites to encourage independence and participation.

Learning Disabilites

Integra (416) 486-8055


Integra provides family and individual counselling.  It also offers camp services for children with learning difficulties.

Residential and Housing Information

Landlord and Tenant Board



Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal



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)

Located at:

The Hospital for Sick Children

555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1X8

Study genetics of Autism


Doctor at Home Medvisit (416) 631-3000


Call to have a doctor come to your home if needed.


We currently have 1 booklet on medication.  Please email us for details at and we will send it to you.

Dental Care

Emergency Dentistry 416-485-7121


Markham Dentistry for Children

4261 Highway 7

Markham, Ontario

L3R 5G1




Dr. Paul Andrew

2338 Hurontario St.



We currently have 2 booklets about dental care. Please email us for details at and we will send them to you.

Hair Cut Information

We currently have 1 booklet about hair cutting.  Please email us for details at and we will send them to you.

Sleeping Information

We currently have 1 booklet about sleeping problems. Please email us for details at and we will send them to you.

Related Organizations and Services

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


Inspirational Books:

"Louder Than Words" by Jenny McCarthy


Temple Grandin - Her website has all her books.


iPad Programs for Communication and Special Needs Learning

We currently have 2 booklets on iPad Programs.  Please email us for details at and we will send them to you.




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.  

ABA Information



This is a listing of Autism ABA Services Providers in Ontario.

Diet and Grocery Information

Grocery Gateway


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 and we will send them to you.

Adulthood and Autism

We currently have 3 booklets about adulthood.  Please email us for details at and we will send them to you.

Services for those Under 6 Years of Age

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
416-338-8255 (voice)
416-338-0025 (TTY)


Additional Numbers and Links

Toronto Police - EMERGENCY 911

(Non Emergency) 416-808-2222


We currently have 1 booklet about Emergency Preparation. Please email us for details at and we will send them to you.