Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

What are Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), also called ‘Autism’, is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects how people communicate and relate to others. The range and intensity of disability varies, but all people affected by ASD have difficulty with communication, social interaction, and restricted or repetitive interests and actions. Many have difficulty responding appropriately to their environment. Read more

Autism introduction Module 1

A quick reference on the characteristics and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a life-long developmental disorder that affects a child’s development in three main areas: social, communication and behaviour/play. Read more

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

A workshop focusing on Autism


Funding: Thinking outside the box

Learn about Crowd-source funding, alternative funding sources and using your Passport funds


  • Coffee Shed Barista program – Gerald Fantone, Job Coach, Coffee Shed
  • Piecing together funding – Kathy Laszlo, Co-founder and CEO at DANI
  • What to do with your Passport Money – Erin Kelly ‎Manager, Passport and Person-Directed Planning Programs, Family Services Toronto


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Project

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, the “ASD Project” brings together four agencies in partnership (Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Community Living Toronto, Autism Ontario, and Geneva Centre For Autism) to collect in one place the information and supports required by individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder spectrum and their families with a focus on transitioning into adulthood and supports for adults.

If you are an adult with autism or a transitioning teen or the parent of an adult/teen on the spectrum and you wish to share your story please email Sara Lebensold at

Other Resources


Created and operated by Autism Ontario, the Spirale website aims to serve as the best possible source of information so that parents, caregivers and the general community can locate regulated professionals and experienced autism workers for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Ontario. (Although this is a resource for children services, there a number of listings for youth and adult) Spirale

Community Participation Supports

Information, tools and resources supporting direct funding models including passport funding information, hiring a support worker and families stories of successful creative solutions.



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Connected Families

A place to share your ideas with others on the site. Join the conversation

Creative Solutions – Successful family Experiences

A panel of families share their success stories and challenges in creating a meaningful life for their family member that values relationships, unique opportunities and is built on a person-directed approach.

Gladys Chen See, lead parent operating a small tuck/gift shop.

Maria DeMarco, the mother of a young adult who has autism shares her experiences with searching for a day program.

Michelle Del Carmen is the Executive Director of The Centre for Dreams. As a sibling, she shares the familial perspective from a different angle