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Respite Options

Below you will find a list of respite options for families residing in Simcoe County.  For information about these services you must contact the service provider directly. Please note that some options may have a waiting list. 

Please be advised that the following options, whether a private business or a government licenced and funded facility, are not endorsed by, Catulpa Community Support Services or Empower Simcoe. 

The user (parents/guardians and other supports) acknowledges that, while Catulpa Community Support Services & Empower Simcoe may have provided information with respect to services and supports available in the community, the final decisions with respect to the manner in which services and supports are to be provided as well as decisions to hire, contract with or engage any persons, agencies or companies or other entities to provide said services and supports have been made by the Service user (parents/guardians and other supports).

For further assistance regarding and the database you may contact Angie Bridekirk, Respite/CHAP Coordinator at Catulpa Community Support Services or Carolyn Harris Respite/CHAP Coordinator at Empower Simcoe.

Program Title : Kinark Autism Programs
Program Time : weekends and summer camps
Program Runs from : Open Spring to Fall
Program Length :
Program Cost : See website
Admission Criteria : Speak with Kinark Outdoor Centre directly
Activities : The Kinark Outdoor Center (KOC) operates to provide a rich variety of outdoor and social recreation, respite, and autism support programs tailored to a wide range of needs and interests. The Kinark Outdoor Center offers a variety of adapted traditional camp experiences and enhanced respite opportunities for children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum. 5-day camp opportunities for kids with ASD are customized to meet the campers' needs; Family Respite weekends and Family Camp experiences are well supported to meet the needs of all visitors.

There are funded and fee for service programs for children with autism and their families at the Kinark Outdoor Center. Please also visit our agency website for more information.

Autism Summer Camp

This is a 5-day residential summer camp experience for children with Autism. The focus of the week is on social and therapeutic recreation supported by a high ratio of staff to campers. Groups of five campers experience the social skills inherent in a camp setting with four staff to support individual needs.

Autism Family Respite

This is a social-recreation weekend for six to eight ASD families who are often on the waiting list to receive service. The program provides a one-to-one worker for the identified child, as well as sibling, and parent programs. Opportunities for respite, networking, andsocial skill development are offered throughout the weekend.

Autism Family Camp

The program was developed in direct response to families who greatly appreciated the AFR Weekends, but are now looking for an affordable option for families who did not require one-to-one support. It is a four day summer recreation program for a group of 15 ASD families.

Registration information for each of these programs can be found under the KOC Registration tab on our front page.
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Disability / Special Needs : Autism/PDD
Individual(s) Served : Male and Female
Type of Respite : Weekend Respite
Age Category : 6-12 School Aged and 13-17 Adolescent
Agency : Kinark Outdoor Centre
Agency Contact : General Information
Phone : 705 286 3555
Fax : 800 805 8252
Email Address :
Option offered at : Box 730, Minden, ON K0M 2K0
Nearest Intersection :
Regions : Orillia and Area, Alliston and Area, Bradford and Area, Midland and Area, Collingwood and Area and Barrie and Area
Attachment : KOC Brochure_Final.pdf

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