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Welcome to York Region's Resources

Disclaimer: This is strictly for information purposes only. does not endorse any particular program, product or service.   As this information is created and maintained by a variety of sources both internal and external, we would like to recommend that you contact the organizations directly, as information can change periodically without notice.

Third Party Providers of Developmental Services in Ontario
In addition to services and supports that are available from ministry-funded developmental service agencies, a person with a developmental disability and their families may choose to seek services from a third party provider.
These private, or for-profit, providers are NOT funded by the government and therefore are NOT subject to strict ministry oversight, such as compliance inspections or service expectations that government-funded service providers must adhere to as part of their service contracts. Any information on third party service providers is made available in order to assist in making well-informed decisions about all services and supports available for adults with a developmental disability and should not be constituted as an endorsement of those services.
People with developmental disabilities and/or their family or caregiver should connect directly with the service provider to fully understand and assess what is being offered. The following factors should be considered when assessing a private/for-profit service provider:
 The quality of the service;
 The associated service policies (e.g. insurance coverage, hiring practices);
 Any associated fees; and
 Whether the service provider and service are acceptable to them and/or meets their personal needs.
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 For information about whether a service provider is government-funded, speak with your local Developmental Service Ontario office and/or the service provider.

Downloadable Resources:

Other Support Worker Options  A list of other services providing in-home support

Day Program Fee for Service Options in York Region

Preschool Aged Children’s Services: York Region
A comprehensive listing of agencies and organizations providing support to individuals under the age of 6 with developmental and related disabilities. Enclosed are options for health care and related information, respite care, mental health, and recreational opportunities. Please use the agency contact details provided for more information about programs available specifically to preschool aged children.

York Region Inclusive Recreation Program & Activity Guide

Ontario Camps  A website listing of residential and day camps available for individuals with special needs. 

Summer Camps  A list of summer camps for children and youth in York Region and Simcoe County

Horseback Riding Options

Recreation & Leisure Based Activities 2015
A list of recreational activities and locations throughout York Region and the GTA

Transportation Options

Access 2 Entertainment Card

The Access 2 Entertainment TM card provides free admission for support persons accompanying a person with a disability at member movie theatres and selected attractions across Canada. The person with the disability pays regular admission. This program was developed by an advisory group of nine national disability organizations, in conjunction with Cineplex Entertainment and the Motion Picture Theatre Association of Canada.Persons with a permanent disability who require a support person when attending a movie theatre or attraction are eligible for the card. The applicant must agree to follow the terms and conditions for use of the card (see reverse side).A support person is an individual who accompanies a person with a disability to provide those services that are not provided by movie theatre/attraction employees, such as assisting the person with eating, administering medication, communication and use of the facilities.

There is a $20 fee to acquire the Access 2 Entertainment Card. The card will be valid for 5 years and can be used at all Access 2 Entertainment Card Partners.  Access 2 Entertainment is managed by Easter Seals Canada.

Financial Assistance Resources 
 A listing of some of the available funding support available to individuals, families, and service providers. This listing includes Information about Government funded programs, tax credit programs, housing assistance, educational scholarships and grants, Summer camp funding, as well as additional resources of financial assistance. Please note this is not a comprehensive listing

York ASD Partnership

A unique collaborative of community service-providers, government agencies, school boards, hospitals, advocacy organizations and parents working together to improve existing systems of support for children, youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in York Region.
Our Vision: People with an ASD living to their full potential at home, at school at work and at play in York Region.
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