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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This is a list of disability-related benefits available to residents of Ontario. Some are providing income, employment supports, while some cover the costs of assistive devices.

The workshop "Parenting Children with Developmental Disabilities" will be presented at DSRC on Nov 7 and 14. Please see below for the details. Registration is required at

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Waterloo Stars Soccer Program

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The Waterloo Stars program for children with Autism is now available for enrollment. The emphasis is on supporting the children and their families by providing a relaxed and positive experience for each child. This 8-week program begins on November 5th and runs indoor at Bechtel Park in Waterloo on Saturdays at 5:00 PM. The cost is $20 per player. You must register online and you can pay online or at the WMS office.

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.

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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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