At ASWR we work in two main ways:

  1. Direct service through our Family Resource Coach
  2. At the systems level through the ASWR Collaborative

Family Resource Coach

Our Family Resource Coach can help you to navigate the autism services and supports in our community, as well as provide you with connections to programs, activities, information, etc. We provide support to people of any age, and an official diagnosis of autism is NOT necessary.

Some things we can help with are:

  • How and where to get an assessment
  • First steps after receiving a diagnosis
  • Funding options
  • Services to address speech & language issues, sensory concerns, social skills, etc.
  • Family support (e.g. sibling support, parent groups, respite, etc.)
  • School issues & advocacy
  • Issues specific to teens
  • Issues specific to adults
  • Concerns around sleep, haircuts, eating, dentist visits, etc.
  • Plus much more!

Diagnosis of autism is not needed!
Anyone can connect with us: parents, people with autism, educators, service providers, etc.

Anyone. Any age. Any question.

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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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Vision

An inclusive community where people with autism are valued as full citizens.

Mission

To collectively foster inclusion and belonging of people with autism through collaborative leadership and action.

Strategic Priorities

Collective Problem Solving
Education & Learning
Resource Navigation
Collaboration & Partnerships

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FAQ

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.