About ASWR

Autism Services Waterloo Region (ASWR) is a collaborative of autism service providers, family advocates, school boards and other community partners working together to make Waterloo Region a better place for people impacted by autism to live. ASWR was formed in 2009 when a group of autism service providers came together to learn what each other was doing. It has grown in size and scope over the years.

Strategic Priorities

Collective Problem Solving
Education and Learning
Resource Navigation
Collaboration and Partnerships
  • 2009

    Autism services providers in Waterloo Region came together in order to learn what services and supports each was offering people with autism. This was the beginning of monthly meetings of information sharing and partnership building, which have been taking place since. This was the first collaborative of its kind in Canada related to autism!

  • 2010

    The ASD Service Providers Group determined a paid coordinator was needed in order to move the collaborative to sustain and grow the collaborative. A local survey of people impacted by autism revealed that resource navigation was a needed service.

  • 2011

    The ASD Service Providers Group officially changes name to Autism Services Waterloo Region (ASWR).

    The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation generously provided two years of funding for ASWR. A Project Coordinator was hired in early 2011. A Family Resource Coach was hired in late 2011 to help families and individuals navigate the services and supports related to autism. It was unique in that no diagnosis was needed and support was provided regardless of age.

  • 2012

    ASWR continues to meet monthly and strengthen relationships. The Family Resource Coach continues to provide support to individuals and families impacted by autism. The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation provides an additional two year grant for ASWR to continue its work in Waterloo Region.

  • 2013

    Autism Speaks Canada provided ASWR with a one-year grant for the Family Resource Coach.

    ASWR is provided with office space by KidsAbility in the Centre for Autism in The Family Centre. This allows ASWR to connect with many other agencies who provide support to people impacted by autism.

  • 2014

    ASWR updates its Vision, Mission, Strategic Priorities and logo. ASWR’s vision is an inclusive community where people with autism are valued as full citizens.


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I think I/my child may be on the autism spectrum. Where can I get an assessment?

Below are some options for getting an assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Eligibility and cost varies with each option.

Who can help me to advocate for myself/my child within the school system?

The following agencies/organizations can assist you in navigating the education system and advocating for yourself or your child:

Who can help me/my child with mental health concerns (i.e. anxiety, stress/coping)?

Here are some services in our community that can assist with mental health concerns:

Are there any supports for people who don’t have a diagnosis of ASD yet?

Below are some resources that you may find useful prior to receiving a formal diagnosis of ASD:

See answers to question #3 for mental health supports

What are some sources of funding that I or my family may be eligible for?

*Please note that the Q&A is for general information only and may not pertain to your specific situation. For more detailed and personalized information, please contact the Family Resource Coach directly.