ASWR Collaborative

Rather than working in isolation and silos, Autism Services Waterloo Region (ASWR) brings together all relevant stakeholders with the goal of affecting positive change across the entire autism sector. Many people with autism are marginalized and excluded from general community life, which is a complex problem that no one sector or agency can solve alone. We are collectively working towards making Waterloo Region a better place to live for people with autism.

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Our Collaborative Partners

  • KidsAbility

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    KidsAbility provides rehabilitation services for children from Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington from birth to 18 years of age. We are one of 20 Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario and we are accountable to the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services.

  • Extend-A-Family

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    Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR) came into being in 1981, founded by a group of parents who wanted their sons and daughters who had developmental disabilities to have friends and be included in their community.

  • Waterloo Region Family Network

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    The Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) educates, connects and empowers families of children and individuals with special needs with the support, knowledge and assistance they need in order to make informed decisions. Through a strong network of parents and community partners, we offer lifelong support to families as they navigate the world of “disability.”

  • Autism Ontario

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    Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Members are connected through a volunteer network of Chapters throughout the Province of Ontario.

  • Autism Ontario Waterloo Chapter

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    A regional chapter of Autism Ontario, supported by parent volunteers. We provide information, support and friendship to families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Waterloo Region.

  • Carizon Family and Community Services

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    Carizon is a source of hope for our community. When children, youth, adults, couples or families face life’s challenges, Carizon programs and services provide the care and compassion to help them achieve wellness.

  • Developmental Services Resource Centre (DSRC)

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    DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES RESOURCE CENTRE – WATERLOO REGION (DSRC) assists individuals with developmental disabilities and their caregivers in evaluating needs and connecting with community services and supports.

  • Kerry’s Place Autism Services

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    Kerry's Place Autism Services has been committed to enhancing the quality of life of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) since 1974 by being leaders in developing and providing evidence-based supports; and by building capacity by sharing our knowledge.

  • KW Habilitation

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    KW Habilitation is a local not-for-profit organization that provides a wide range of individualized services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities. A good life is fostered through preschool and early learning supports, respite services, residential services, community participation and employment supports.

  • Lutherwood

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    Lutherwood is a not for profit that annually provides mental health, employment, housing and family support services to 22,500 people in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

  • Ontario Early Years Centres

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    Ontario Early Years Centres are places where parents and caregivers can: take part with their children in a range of programs and activities; get answers to questions; get information about programs and services that are available for young children and their families; talk to early years professionals, as well as other parents and caregivers in the community.

  • Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre

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    Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre is a place that offers early learning programs to encourage the optimal development of children and families.

  • Waterloo Region District School Board

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    The Waterloo Region District School Board is one of the larger school boards in Ontario. We serve approximately 63,000 students in 120 schools in the Region of Waterloo.

  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board

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    The Waterloo Catholic District School Board – the corporate body overseeing Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools – protects and promotes a tradition of education excellence first begun in a one-room schoolhouse 1836. Today, we’re the eighth-largest Catholic school system in Ontario

  • Facile Waterloo Region

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    Building Bridges to Belonging in Waterloo Region. We support individuals with unique challenges to create the life they want in the community.

  • Family Advocates

    By bringing their personal experiences with autism to the collaborative family advocates help inform the work of ASWR to ensure it is reflective of the needs of the community.

  • AFRO - African Family Revival Organization

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    African Family Revival Organization (AFRO) is a non profit organization whose mandate is to enhance the lives of African Canadian and new immigrants in Waterloo Region.

  • Parents for Community Living

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    To enhance the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities by providing services and family-like homes in our community.

  • Conestoga College

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    Established in 1967, Conestoga is Ontario’s fastest growing college and a leader in polytechnic education. The college delivers a full range of career-focused education, training and applied research programs to prepare students for success in the new knowledge economy and promote economic prosperity throughout our region and across Ontario.

  • Muslim Social Services

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    Muslim Social Services of Kitchener-Waterloo is a charitable organization that provides culturally and spiritually sensitive humanitarian and social services to the Muslim and non-Muslim communities of the Waterloo Region.

  • Firefly Therapy Services

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    Firefly Therapy Services is a division of KidsAbility™ Centre for Child Development that offers fee-for-service therapeutic programs for children in the community. We are committed to ensuring that all Firefly programs and services are engaging, family-centered, and of the highest quality.
    Firefly's goal, like that of KidsAbility, is to ensure children in our community can realize their full potential.

  • Waterloo Public Library

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    Our Goal - Our audacious goal is to be a transformational force in the development of Waterloo and its citizens.

    Our Purpose - Our purpose is to fulfill the multiple literacy needs of our community.

    Our Values are: learning and growth, free exchange of ideas, being engaged and responsive to needs, right of everyone to access of information, and belief in our customers.

  • Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud

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    Mission - The mission of the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud is to offer students a quality education in a Catholic and Francophone living environment where respect for the person, the sense of belonging to the Franco-Ontarian community, promoting excellence and equity are visible and essential values ​​to flourish.

    Vision - The Catholic francophone student Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud is a citizen or a full citizen in the community, able to affirm his faith, language and culture with pride. He or she notes with confidence and creativity of the many challenges that it offers a diversified, competitive and global.


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.