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AUTISM/PDD

ABACUS
The ABACUS website aims to serve as the best possible source of information so that parents, caregivers, and the general community can be informed consumers of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Ontario.

Asperger’s Society of Ontario
The Asperger’s Society of Ontario is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2000 by parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome and concerned professionals. The ASO is the only agency in Ontario that is solely devoted to serving those with Asperger’s Syndrome, their families and other interested individuals.

Aspergernauts
The Aspergernauts community is the place to be to make new friends, discuss topics and find more information and is designed for everyone including people with Aspergers their parents/carers, teachers and professionals.

Autism Central
Autism Central is produced by the Miriam Foundation, a not-for profit foundation which supports rehabilitative, vocational and residential services for over 600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Montreal. The portal is a gateway to information, and their goal is to provide information and offer links to other sources of information on the web in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disabilities.

Autism Ontario
Autism 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 Society Canada
Whether you are a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a parent or caregiver of a child with autism, a family member, a volunteer, an educator, a health or social service professional, or an interested researcher, this site will provide you with reliable information on autism and referrals to many helpful services and resources.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks, along with Autism Speaks Canada, has grown into North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

CAIRN
This Web site was created so that knowledge about what works and what doesn’t could be communicated to as many people as possible. The CAIRN website continues to be a source of the latest and best evidence on autism for parents and others looking for quality information they can trust.

Child & Community Resources
Child & Community Resources (CCR) is a non-profit community agency which provides many services and supports to parents, children and professionals to enhance and support a good quality of life for children in the early years and those with special needs.

Different Roads to Learning
Founded in 1995 by the mother of a child diagnosed with Autism, Different Roads to Learning carries over 500 products carefully selected to support the Autism Community.

Gaining Face
The Gaining Face software helps people with Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning autism, and similar issues learn to recognize facial expressions.

Geneva Centre for Autism
Geneva Centre for Autism is an international leader in the development and delivery of clinical intervention services and training that offers a wide range of clinical services which are determined individually for each person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Including Me
Educators and parents of children with Autism and other special needs are often challenged to find appropriate teaching materials. It is hoped that the resources, suggestions and links you find here will be helpful.

The National Autistic Society
The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

OASIS @ MAAP
The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).


EARLY YEARS HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND PARENTING

ABC Teach
Each month, over two million people from around the world visit abcteach for PreK - 8 materials and creative activities for students and educators. They have over 5,000 free documents available, including printable worksheets, interactive activities, theme units, and much more.

Active Healthy Kids Canada
Established in 1994, Active Healthy Kids Canada strives to be a trusted source for “powering the movement to get kids moving”—a ‘go to’ source for knowledge, insight and understanding that influences thinking and action among issue stakeholders to help them build better programs, campaigns and policies in order to increase physical activity among children and youth.

Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development
The Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development gives you access to important and up-to-date information that is based on the best scientific research currently available. It's designed to help you sort through all the conflicting information about what promotes, and what hinders, healthy child development so you can make better choices that will result in better outcomes for children.

Chapleau Child Care
The center offers a variety of programs to the community which encompasses the needs of parents, caregivers and children from birth to twelve years of age.

Family Fun Entertainment in Sudbury
This section dedicates bringing Family Fun - Entertainment Sudbury to those who want something to do with their families around Sudbury! Check back often for more activities.

Greater Sudbury Children's Services
This site features a parent guide to child care, the Greater Sudbury child care registry, and information on subsidy and best start hubs.

Help! We've Got Kids!
Help We've Got Kids is Toronto's best known free Kids Directory in the Greater Toronto Area for parents with children from 0 to 13. Although the camps, programs, and centres are Toronto based, the articles will keep you coming back again and again, regardless of where you live.

Infant and Child Development Services
Infant Development is a home-based early intervention service for infants/children ages birth to five years, who have, or are at risk for a developmental delay. Parents/caregivers are assisted in recognizing, understanding and facilitating their child’s development and in accessing community services.

KidsHealth
KidsHealth is the #1 most-visited website for children's health and development. The website offers information on a wide variety of topics and is divided into three sub-sites: for parents, for kids, and for teens.

La Leche League
La Leche League's mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Our Children Our Future
Our Children, Our Future/Nos enfants, notre avenir is a registered, charitable, non-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of expectant parents and families with children from birth to age 6 through resources and tools that help families lead healthy lifestyles.

Parent and Family Resources from Best Start
Best Start offers Information for parents and guardians as well as Literacy Tip Sheets.

Sudbury & District Health Unit
The Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU) is a progressive, accredited public health agency committed to improving health and reducing social inequities in health through evidence-informed practice. The SDHU has an enriched public health practice environment that fosters research, ongoing education, and the development of innovative programs and services.

YMCA Sudbury
YMCA Sudbury is a charity dedicated to providing opportunities to individuals, families and communities for personal growth in spirit, mind and body and service to others.

The Toy Theater
Toy Theater is a collection of early learning activities to be used as another tool in the teachers toolbox. An eclectic "Theater" of learning toys, it is a safe place to play and learn.

Triple P Ontario
Triple P aims to build positive behaviours in children, confidence in parents' abilities, and community support for raising children. Triple P is really a whole “system” of support for parents because it is designed to offer as much or as little help as parents may want. The provincial website offers detailed information regarding the Triple P approach and offers numerous resources, including 46 parenting Tip Sheets.

Triple P Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts
Triple P is for every parent, whether you have a specific problem, or are just looking for advice on common, everyday issues. It provides easy to use tips and new ideas that will help you build confidence and new skills. The Triple P Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts website allows parents to register for seminars and parenting groups offered in the area.

Wordplay
Wordplay Jeux de mots Preschool Speech and Language Service provides a full range of accessible speech/language services to preschool children from birth to the time they start school in Sudbury Manitoulin. Services are provided in English and French and are available at clinics in Sudbury, Espanola, Little Current, St. Charles and Chapleau.


GOVERNMENT LINKS

211 Ontario
211 is a three-digit phone number and website that provides information and referral to community and social services in Ontario. The Certified Information and Referral Specialists are caring, understanding and knowledgeable, and pride themselves on their ability to connect you with the services you need.

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
If you are a parent caring for a child with a severe disability, you may be able to receive some financial help. The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program helps parents with some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a severe disability.

Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
Your Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) connects you with the care you need, at home and in your community. CCAC's school services are provided to children/youths in publicly funded and private schools to children/youths who are being home schooled to assist them in pursuing their education.

Disability Tax Credit Certificate
The disability amount is a non-refundable tax credit used to reduce income tax payable on your income tax and benefit return. This amount includes a supplement for persons under 18 years of age at the end of the year.

Ministry of Children and Youth Services
The ministry is working with other ministries and community partners to develop and implement policies, programs and a service system that helps give children the best possible start in life, prepare youth to become productive adults and make it easier for families to access the services they need at all stages of a child's development.

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Through its programs and services, the Ministry of Community and Social Services helps adults with a developmental disability live, work and participate in a range of community activities, enforces support orders issued by the courts so that families get the money to which they are entitled, promotes accessibility and works to break down barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in the social and economic life of Ontario, and helps Ontarians recover from hardship and regain control of their lives.

Ministry of Education
The ministry's plan to promote a strong, vibrant, publicly funded education system is focused on three goals: high levels of student achievement; reduced gaps in student achievement; high levels of public confidence in public education.

Registered Disability Savings Plan
The Registered Disability Savings Plan is a new plan that will allow funds to be invested tax-free until withdrawal. It is intended to help parents and others to save for the long-term financial security of a child with a disability. The plan structure is similar to a Registered Education Savings Plan.

Special Services at Home
The Special Services at Home program helps families who are caring for a child with a developmental or physical disability. It is funded and managed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. The program helps families pay for special services in or outside the family home as long as the child is not receiving support from a residential program.


MENTAL HEALTH

ABCs of Mental Health
The ABCs of Mental Health provides two free, web-based Resources - one for teachers and one for parents – to help answer questions about the behaviour of children and adolescents as they may worry about whether a behaviour is appropriate for a particular age or developmental stage, or a sign that something might be wrong.

Addiction Services
The program provides individual and group assessments and treatment for persons with substance abuse issues.

ADDISS
ADDISS, The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service provides people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance - parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.

CADDAC (Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada)
The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada, is a national, non profit, umbrella organization providing leadership in education and advocacy for ADHD organizations and individuals across Canada. CADDAC is committed to increasing the understanding of ADHD, therefore decreasing the stigma of ADHD by providing up-to-date scientific information on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Canadian Mental Health Association
As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.

Child and Family Centre
The Child and Family Centre provides assistance to children and families who are faced with social, emotional, or behavioral struggles they cannot resolve themselves.

Children's Mental Health Ontario
Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) represents and supports the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario. Their core membership consists of more than 80 community-based children’s mental health centres that serve some 150,000 children and their families annually.

The Douglas Institute: Mental Health Info
One of the Douglas Institute's missions is to prevent mental illness, support recovery, and contribute to destigmatizing mental illness. The "Mental Health Info" section gives simple, practical and reliable information and has been validated by Douglas specialists.

eMental Health
eMentalHealth.ca is a non-profit initiative of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, dedicated to improving the mental health of children, youth and families.

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy
An innovative treatment approach for families. Rooted in a deep and unwavering belief in the healing power of families, the essence of EFFT is to afford caregivers a significant role in their loved one's mental health and well-being.

High on Life
An informative website which aims to find healthy alternatives to drugs and alcohol.

Kids Help Phone
Kids talk to Kids Help Phone when kids don't know who to talk to. To reach a Kids Help Phone professional counsellor, kids, teens and young adults, from any community in Canada, can call or go online 24 hours a day, 365 day a year.

Mind Your Mind
This is a place for youth and emerging adults to access info, resources and tools during tough times. Help yourself. Help each other. Share what you live and know.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.

Sudbury Support
SudburySupport.ca currently has over 400 listings of non-profit organizations, agencies, companies, doctors, specialists, etc., which provide specific health services for the public of Greater Sudbury and surrounding area. All listed on the site deal with issues ranging from social, physical, or intellectual problems that individuals or their loved ones may face.

Tel-jeunes
Tel-jeunes is a free, confidential resource for young people throughout Quebec, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Teljeunes.com provides an accurate tribute of youth’s preoccupations and is a platform for them to express themselves.

Totally ADD
Totally ADD liberates people from the fear, shame, and stigma that can accompany this often misunderstood and misdiagnosed disorder. Through education, humour, and social interaction Totally ADD provides the tools and support people need to create a life they love.

What the Deal?
DEAL.org aims to help youth realize their full potential by promoting positive relationships with family, friends and members of the community. Our main goal is to provide resources to help youth make healthy, informed lifestyle choices and to encourage youth to think critically about issues and get involved in their communities.

YouThrive
YouThrive is a practical resource for leaders in communities and schools across Ontario who work with youth aged 12 to 19. It is designed for people who want to create communities in which young people can thrive and develop capacity to realize their own abilities, make a contribution to society and learn how to take control of their own lives. It shows how using a health promotion approach supports positive mental health and prevents risk-taking behaviour among young people..


PHYSICAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Angelman Syndrome Foundation
The Angelman Syndrome Foundation's mission is to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman syndrome through education and information, research, and support for individuals with Angelman syndrome, their families and other concerned parties. They exist to give all of them a reason to smile, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.

Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF)
The Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF) publishes several disability-related books and publications, including Abilities, Canada's Lifestyle Magazine for People with Disabilities, with a readership of about 80,000. They also produce the Directory of Disability Organizations in Canada (DDOC), the most comprehensive listing of disability organization compiled in Canada.

Canadian Down Syndrome Society
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is a national non-profit organization providing information, advocacy and education about Down syndrome. The CDSS supports self-advocates, parents and families through all stages of life.

Canadian Hearing Society (CHS)
CHS is a not-for-profit agency and the leading provider of services, products, and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

Cerebral Palsy Consortium
The Cerebral Palsy Consortium (CPC) is an infrastructure aiming to facilitate social participation of children 0- to-18-years old living with cerebral palsy. The CPC aims to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and the elaboration of research projects between partners who work in professional, academic, and community contexts.

Children's Treatment Centre
Health Sciences North's Children’s Treatment Centre is a family-centred community-based rehabilitation facility providing assessment, treatment, consultation and education to children and young adults with motor and communication impairments.

CNIB
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.

Do2Learn
Do2learn provides thousands pages of social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.

Down Syndrome Association of Sudbury (DSAS)
The Down Syndrome Association of Sudbury (DSAS) is a non-profit organization providing support and information to parents of children with Down syndrome. They are advocates for acceptance and opportunities for persons with Down syndrome and are committed to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and to provide encouragement so they will participate in all aspects of the community.

Easter Seals Ontario
Easter Seals Ontario provides programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario to help them achieve greater independence, accessibility and integration. Services include Financial Assistance, Summer Camps, Recreational Choices Funding Program, Scholarships, and the Incontinence Supplies Grant.

Epilepsy Canada
Epilepsy Canada is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for persons affected by epilepsy through promotion and support of research and facilitation of education and awareness initiatives that build understanding and acceptance of epilepsy.

Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada (FXRFC)
FXRFC directly funds promising research aimed at treatment. Applications for research grants and postdoctoral fellowships are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed annually. FXRFC also promotes awareness of Fragile X and publishes a quarterly newsletter and information materials.

Fraser Expertise & Information
Fraser has been serving children and families for over 75 years and is recognized as an innovator in serving those with special needs. In the website's Expertise & Information section, clinicians share their expertise on Autism, Early Childhood Education, Dental Care, Families, and Special Needs.

ICAN-CERD Independence Centre and Network
ICAN Independence Centre and Network is a community based non-profit organization providing services and resources to people with physical disabilities. Services include assessments & independence training, supportive housing, outreach and temporary accommodations.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada (JDRF)
For over 40 years, JDRF has been a global leader in the search for an end to type 1 diabetes (T1D), through both research funding and advocacy. During that time, they have always talked about a cure as a singular destination: a return to normal physiology.

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
Since 1963, LDAC has provided leadership and support to people with learning disabilities (LD), their parents, teachers and other professionals. Working with their network of provincial/territorial and local partners, they provide cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and tools you can use.

Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury
The Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to supporting all individuals with Learning Disabilities in reaching their potential,within a community that values their unique contributions and abilities.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
The MS Society provides services to people with multiple sclerosis and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. They have a membership of 28,000 and are the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Muscular Dystrophy Canada is a not-for-profit organization committed to finding a cure for neuromuscular disorders through well funded research. Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s dedicated volunteers and staff across the country raise funds to enhance the lives of those affected by over 150 different kinds of neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources.

Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA)
The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) is a provincial not-for-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support. OBIA’s services include information and resources on acquired brain injury, a 1-800 toll free helpline, personal advocacy and support and training and education for families and professionals.

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP)
The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP) is a non profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting people with cerebral palsy (CP) in Ontario. They are an organization committed to supporting independence, inclusion, choice and full integration of all persons with cerebral palsy. The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy is committed to supporting the most advanced and highest quality of Cerebral Palsy research, including the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of cerebral palsy.

RespiteServices.com
RespiteServices.com consists of agencies funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. They are collaborating to develop a more dynamic respite network for both children and adults who have a physical and/or developmental disability in Sudbury and Manitoulin. The website is hosted by the Children's Community Network.

Social Skill Builder
Social Skill Builder's series of innovative software programs use interactive videos to teach key social thinking, language and behavior that are critical to everyday living. The software helps kids learn and continue to build the skills of Problem Solving, Friendship/Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Emotions, and Consequences.

Special Olympics Canada
For individuals with an intellectual disability, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities, and to develop a strong belief in themselves. For many, it is a gateway to empowerment, competence, and acceptance. Special Olympics Canada is here to serve the needs of this disability population – from its very youngest to its more mature.

Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario (SB&H)
For 38 years, the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario (SB&H), has been committed to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. SB&H supports those with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and their families with the challenges brought on by these serious, disabling conditions. SB&H has grown to provide a comprehensive and essential range of services for parents, families, youth and adults with sb/h.

Sudbury Therapeutic Riding Program
STRP's mission is to provide individualized therapeutic horseback riding for people with special needs by promoting safety and enjoyment. STRP works with wide range of people with special needs including individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Congenital Birth Defects, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Developmental Delays, Multiple Sclerosis, and Hearing & Visual Disabilities.