Autism Spectrum Connection Waterloo and Wellington Region provides an online space for parents who have a child with autism to share their experiences, connect with and support one another. This online community enables parents to tell their stories, contribute information, resources and engage in conversation with other families affected by autism.

First Steps


The First Steps is a resource created to assist families once their child has received a diagnosis of Autism. Important information regarding agencies, supports, and services is provided to ensure that families have all of the information they need.

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Recent Blog Posts

An article that explores the benefits and how to apply for the Disability Tax Credit. This is especially useful to Canadians with prolonged disabilities.

KidsAbility/ Firefly is now offering behavioural programs and supports. They are offering behavioural consultations, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) group learning and Individual Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy services.

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David Hingsberger Q & A time

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In February of 2016, parents/caregivers came together with noted author, lecturer and sexuality counselor David Hingsburger for a workshop entitled “The Ring of Safety”. The result was an engaging conversation about sexuality, sexual health, romantic relationships, and how to best support adults who have a disability. Given the strong interest in continuing this conversation, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region has invited David Hingsberger back for a morning of Q&A on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9:30am-12:30pm at The Family Centre (located at 65 Hansen Ave. in Kitchener). Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be made available.

Some helpful workshops are going to take place at DSRC in this October!
October 17 - iPads and Apps for Communication and Learning
October 19 - Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder
October 24 - iPads and Apps for Communication and Learning
October 26 - Puberty and Sexuality in Adolescence. Please see the details below:

An illustration that shows how one could multiply their savings through the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). This example was written in 2016.

Speak Your Mind is opening registration for our Junior Smarts and Senior Smarts programs.

This new resource guide was created to help students with autism and their families navigate the transitions and challenges of high school. It was created as a joint initiative between Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, Waterloo Region Family Network, members of the former Autism Services Waterloo Region, the Waterloo Region District School Board, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, and the University of Waterloo.

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Life With Max

Alicia Hendley is the mom of four (including a squishy little boy who just so happens to have autism), as well as a writer. Her first book (A Subtle Thing) was published in 2010. Alicia is married to local journalist Joel Rubinoff. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

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