Our Work

York ASD Partnership Commitment

As a parent rep of the York ASD Partnership, co-chair of the Steering Committee and a member of various working groups over the years, I am extremely proud to be part of this formal collaboration. I would like to thank all Partners for acknowledging the gaps experienced by families and for coming together to provide meaningful solutions.

Although the original Strategic Plan was finalized in April 2010, our work really began back in January 2008 when we hosted “Dream Days” to seek stakeholder input for intentional system transformation.

Here we are in 2021 – although many of the faces have changed, the commitment to Partnership work remains! You care … and it matters.

The central focus of Partnership work was to make things easier for families – but the relationships and tools we have developed together have made each of the Partners stronger because our collective work has made your work a little bit easier.

The York ASD Partnership has built a solid reputation in Ontario and beyond and we are the gold standard of how to support families living with ASD. I can tell you there is a recurring theme in parent forums that “families seeking services should move to York Region”. Our good news has travelled far and wide.

With the changes to the Ontario Autism Program, our work is more important than ever. We are in a unique position to help the York Region OAP Service Navigator to support families in a way no other region can. Imagine families trying to navigate disjointed services in areas of the province that don’t have an established network like ours?

Thank you again for your ongoing commitment to fulsome services that will enhance the lives of families affected by ASD in York Region.

Written by Cindi Buick, 2021

Neil Walker and friends

Future Goals

York ASD Partnership Strategy Plan – Progress Map as of October 2020

Progress Colour Key
Not Started
In Progress
Completed
Paused

PHASE 1

Website Development
Neil Walker (NASDP)
Stronger Caregivers
Ritu Singarayer (CLYS)
3-Month Post Diagnostic Support
Sharon Terner (CTN)
Tammy Wanschura (EIS)
Simplified Access to Service
Janette Seymour (YASDP)
Recommendations for Crisis Hubs
Chris Simmons-Physick (Kinark)

PHASE 2

Day Program Transition
Melanie Marshall (CLCY)
A. Cabraja (YCDSB)
Vocational Assessments
Pricilla Burnham Riosa (Brock)
Participants: CLCY, YRDSB, YCDSB, YSSN, KPAS
Tax and Disability Form Guidance
Jackie Buchanan
Parent Rep
Transitioning Together
Neil Walker, Janette Seymour
Your Patient has ASD
Cindi Buid
Parent Rep

PHASE 3

Day/Employment Program Info Updates
Gary Whetung
YSSN
Adapt Mental Health Supports for ASD
Vivian Lee (York)
Housing and Residential Options Education
Gary Whetung
YSSN
Building Employer Capacity
Kelsie Vink
KPAS
Emergency Room Procedures for ASD
TBD
(Link to Crisis Hub)

PHASE 4

Simplified Access (Intake/case workkers and families)
TBD
CFO Knowledge Exchange
TBD
York Region Developer Partnership
Sandy Stemp
Reena
Review Connections Document
TBD
Parent Reg
Patien Reg Shared Electronic Record
Karen Dillon
CTN

EMERGING UNASSIGNED

Linkage to YR Affordable Housing Coalition
Ann Szabo
Reena
Accessible Safety Plans and Indicators
TBD YSSN
My Life, May Way
Ann Szabo
Reena
Translation of YASDP Resource Materials
TBD

Future Goals

York ASD Partnership Strategy Plan – Progress Map as of October 2020 and Associated Lead Resource

Progress Colour Key Not Started In Progress Completed Blocked
PHASE 1 PHASE 2 PHASE 3 PHASE 4 EMERGING
UNASSIGNED
Website Development
Neil Walker (York ASD Partnership)
Day Program Transition
C. Ruchlewicz (CLCY)
A. Cabraja (YCDSB)
Day/Employment Program Info Updates
Gary Whetung
(YSSN)
CFO Knowledge Exchange
TBD
Linkage to York Region Affordable Housing Coalition
Ann Szabo
(Reena)
Stronger Caregivers
Ritu Singarayer
(CLYS)
Vocational Assessments
Priscilla Burnham Riosa
(Brock University)
Participants: CLCY, YRDSB, YCDSB, YSSN, KPAS
Adapt Mental Health Supports for ASD
Vivian Lee
(York University)
York Region Developer Partnership
Sandy Stemp
(Reena)
Accessible Safety Plans and Indicators
TBD
3-Month Post Diagnostic Support
Sharon Terner (CTN)
Tammy Wanschura (EIS)
Tax and Disability Form Guidance
Jackie Buchanan
(Parent Rep)
Housing and Residential Options Education
Gary Whetung (YSSN)
Review Connections Document
TBD
(Parent Rep)
My Life, My Way
Ann Szabo
(Reena)
Simplified Access to Service
Janette Seymour (York ASD Partnership)
Transitioning Together
Neil Walker +
Janette Seymour (York ASD Partnership)
Building Employer Capacity
Colleen Ashmore-Meihm
(KPAS)
Shared Electronic Record
Karen Dillon
(CTN)
Translation of York ASD Partnership Resource Materials
TBD
Recommendations for Crisis Hubs
Chris Simmons-Physick
(Kinark)
Your Patient Has ASD
Cindi Buick
(Parent Rep)
Emergency Room Procedures for ASD
TBD
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