List of local, provincial, and national support resources families have found helpful along their journeys.
What is respite?
Respite has been traditionally defined as a “short break” for caregivers of persons with disabilities. Recently, respite has evolved to allow respite workers to mentor individuals and assist them with socialization and increase their participation in the community.
Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day challenges faced by individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact. The organization and its Chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.
Autism Speaks Canada is a national Canadian charity, dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and along a life span for needs of people with autism spectrum disorder and their families.
Our agency of experienced and compassionate professionals provides high-quality, community-based mental health and autism services to children and youth in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A). We are a registered charity and not-for-profit funded in part by the Ontario government.
We provide numerous Community Services and Supports, including our day and overnight respite options to provide a well-deserved break for families with loved ones with Autism, along with our many camps, swim programs and leisure groups.
LARC is dedicated to providing quality educational programs and resources through a multi-service approach that allows children, parents, and educators to strengthen family and community relationships.
Maintaining respectful services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities that promote human rights, social change and inclusion; we will influence a sense of belonging and emotional security, that will “Inspire Possibilities” within all aspects of “Community Living”.
Ongwanada has been a member of the Kingston community since 1948 and has been working in developmental services since 1967. A non-profit, accredited organization, Ongwanada supports people with developmental disabilities, with a special focus on those with complex needs, and their families, so they can lead full lives, effectively supported in their communities. Our funding comes primarily from the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services and we are managed by a volunteer Board of Governors.
The Family Support Program through Family and Children’s Service of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington has been a part of the community since 1981. The Family Support Program is a voluntary service which provides support and services to families in Lennox and Addington County who have children under the age of 18 who have physical and/ or developmental disabilities. Check out our website or call (613) 545-3227 and ask to speak to a member of the Family Support Team. We would be happy to assist you!