July 2011 Partnership Communiqué

The York ASD Partnership Steering Committee is happy to report on the progress that has been achieved since our last communication update three months ago.  Implementation of the Strategic Plan developed with the input of the York Region community continues.  Our Vision and strategic goals remain consistent as outlined below:


Participants described the envisioned system of support made up of the following elements:

  • A network model of services, with Parents and Providers as partners, no wrong door, and the horizontal support of provincial ministries at the local level
  • A comprehensive continuum of 24-7-12 care with lifelong supports
  • Streamlined, individualized, asset-based approaches and planning, with the technology in place to coordinate and communicate across the continuum
  • Increased public understanding and increased provider knowledge of ASD, particularly of evidence-based practices for planning

Strategic Goals/Directions

The Implementation Committee was charged with the development of a partnership model and a plan focused on the following strategic goals:

  • Access: Every door leads families with a member with ASD to appropriate resources and action
  • Capacity-Building: Knowledge, training, awareness and evidence-based practice
  • Coordination: Coordinated/individualized/single plans of care
  • Service: Develop a full continuum of services

Where are we now?


We are ready to officially launch the YORK ASD PARTNERSHIP

The York ASD Partnership Official Launch and Autism Awareness Event will take place in October – Canadian Autism Awareness month:

HOLD THE DATE!- More information to follow

Date:  OCTOBER 4, 2011

Time: 9:00 -1:00

Location: Glenway Golf & Country Club, Newmarket, Ontario

RRSP required for open invitation.  To receive your Evite please provide your email to: Neil Walker, Project Manager, York ASD Partnership. (See below)

The Launch and Autism Awareness Event is cosponsored by the York ASD Partnership and Autism Ontario will feature:

  • Guest speakers including Government and Ministry officials, Autism Ontario, and people with an ASD.
  • An interactive information exhibit featuring the work of each Partnership Working Group. (see below)
  • 25 information booth featuring their services and supports provided by each York ASD Partner
  • An Autism Awareness Video lunch
  • A press/media conference

Work Groups Making Progress

The implementation of our Strategic plan includes the following work groups:

  • Mapping and Pathways (Access)
  • ASD Professional Development
  • Assessment and Screening
  • Physician Support
  • Communications (Awareness campaign)
  • Systems Change
  • Transition Planning

Steady progress towards our goals through the work of each Working Group is being achieved.  Each group will ultimately produce recommendations for systems change that will achieve the Partnerships ultimate goal of enhancing the current system of supports in York Region for people with an ASD and their families.   These recommendations will be collected and formulated into an implementation plan by the Systems Change Work Group using a logic model template.    If you are interested in participating in any of the work groups membership remains open.  Please contact Neil Walker. (See below)

Please visit    www.autismontario.com/york  and click on the York ASD Partnership Logo for detailed information.

Communicating & Disseminating the Strategic Plan

Presentations on the York ASD Partnership, our mission, goals and strategic plan have been made to the following groups:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Autism Ontario York Region Chapter AGM
  • York Catholic District School Board
  • York Region District School Board
  • York Community  Planning Council
  • York Region Community Response Committee
  • Mental Health Collaborative
  • Child and Family Collaborative
  • Forum for Children, Youth and their Families in York Region
  • CTN Systems Table
  • Ministry of Community and Social Service
  • Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • MPP,  Helena Jaczek


Sustainability planning is underway with the Partnership Steering Committee.  A funding   proposal was submitted to Autism Speaks Canada in June, 2011.   A proposal submitted to the Canadian National Autism Foundation was not successful.  A funding proposal is being considered for submission to the Trillium Foundation in the fall.

ABA Funding

The York ASD Partnership table collaborated on a York/Simcoe proposal for ABA services for children with an ASD.   Public announcements regarding the successful proposal across Ontario have not been made to date.

Plans are underway for presentations to the Central LHIN, CMHA York Region and government officials following the election.