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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Strategy for recipients of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) to purchase a home.

Do you have questions or concerns about school issues for your child/youth with special needs? Please join WRFN and other parents for this peer-led parent support group. This is a great opportunity to share questions, concerns and successful tips in a safe environment while learning from others.

There are still some spots available in our Cambridge and Guelph locations! If you are interested in a program in Kitchener or Waterloo please email Krista at to be put on the distribution list for fall.

There are two upcoming workshops at DSRC: 1. Helping Children Navigate the Social World - Apr 20 and 27 and 2) Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder - April 26.
Please call 519 741 1121, email or visit to register. There are no cost associated with these workshops!

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Kerry-ASC CoordinatorWaterloo Region Family Network

Do you need to look at a challenge you are facing with a new perspective? Would you like to bounce ideas off someone else who can relate to what you, or your child, is going through? Perhaps Cristina can help. As an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome who has mentoring and self-advocacy experience, Cristina would be happy to discuss your concerns and questions. While her personal experience is rooted in Autism Spectrum Disorder, she is happy to meet with anyone with special needs or exceptionalities, their families, or professional supports, to offer new insight and ideas to help you move forward.

For Canadians with disability, the anti-avoidance rule will also extended to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).

"Giving families of children with autism the option of either using government-funded services or receiving direct funding to pay for therapy may be part of Ontario's new autism program, the minister in charge said Monday. The Ontario Autism Program is set to start this June and Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau said the implementation team is working on including a direct funding model." Excerpt from The Record. See below for full story.


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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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