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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Tween Social

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A program for tweens (ages 10-14) to hang out and practice their social skills. Participant driven activities with caring and encouraging role models to help build connections. Friends, family and support workers welcome. A great program for those who require support interacting and engaging with peers. Must be able to participate in a 5:1 participant to staff ratio. It will be run on Mondays starting January 15 to March 5 from 6pm-8pm at Country Hills Community Centre, 100 Rittenhouse Rd, Kitchener. See below link for registration and more details.

You're invited to learn how Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act can affect people with disabilities and their families.

On November 27, 2017, Bill 148, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, became law in Ontario. Bill 148 affects employment standards for minimum wage, public holiday pay, how employees request scheduling changes and more.

People and Families who receive Support through MCSS funded Developmental Services or receive support through other sources of funding will be impacted by Bill 148. This would include Passport, Special Services at Home, Complex Special Needs funding, as well as other sources of direct funding and base funding.

Those who have services from any service provider, independent contractor or Direct Support Professional are affected by Bill 148.

Join us for an information night and resource sharing with families.

Understanding how this affects you and your obligations, is the first step to compliance. On January 22, 2018, Cheryl W. Pooran will provide a free in-person information session for people and families in our community, to help understand the changes in the law and what it means for you.

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DSRC Connection Winter 2017 Issue

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DSRC's Winter Connection newsletter is out for your reading pleasure. You can find it below and attached.

Autism Direct Funding can be applied for children and youth under the age of 18 with an ASD diagnosis to help with costs related to summer camps, respite support, recreation and leisure activities. Please be advised that Autism Direct Funding Applications will not be mailed to families for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Applications for Autism Direct Funding are available on our website from January 2, 2018 until January 31, 2018. We have changed our application process/deadline so families can be notified of approval prior to beginning summer planning. All applicants will receive notification of the outcome of their application by February 28, 2018. This is to allow families to better plan for summer. Funding cheques will still be mailed by the end of April 2018. If you are unable to access the application online, paper copies are available for pick up at the office.
For more information please contact:
Kitchener (Main Office)
205 – 1120 Victoria St. N.
Kitchener, ON
N2B 3T2
Tel: 519-741-1121
Toll-Free: 1-888-941-1121
Fax: 519-743-4730
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who has already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.

The ASD Collaborative is a group of professionals, families, and self-advocates in the Waterloo Region who are committed to working together to identify and collectively problem-solve issues in our community as they relate to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many people with ASD experience feelings of being overwhelmed due to sensory input such as bright lights, loud sounds, strong scents, etc. The Sensory-Conscious Working Group is a subcommittee of the ASD Collaborative, and we are looking at making our community in Waterloo Region a more accessible place for people who experience issues with sensory input.

There are three workshops DSRC will be offering this month. Please call at 519-741-1121,email at or go to our website to register.

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Sensitive Santa - Cambridge Centre

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To register please contact Robyn Hyland or 519-740-4680 x4292

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Sensitive Santa

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To register please contact Robyn Hyland or 519-740-4680 x4292

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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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