AOYR Summer Day Programs

AOYR Summer Day Programs2018-04-26T16:24:18+00:00

Our Summer Programs for 2018 are Now Full! 

Check Back in March of 2019 for Next Year’s Registration 

Summer 2018 Location: Silver Pines Public School, 112 Stave Cres, Richmond Hill

Autism Ontario Kids Camp (AOK) (Age 4-21) and Autism Ontario Adult Programs (AOA) (Age 21+) are not-for-profit co-operative day programs offered by Autism Ontario York Region Chapter. Now in our 30th year, we provide a 1:1 client to worker ratio for people living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, from age four through adulthood.

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Summer 2018 Program is Now Full 

Registration for Summer 2019 Will Begin March 1 2019

Summer 2018 Location: Silver Pines Public School, 112 Stave Cres, Richmond Hill

Autism Ontario Kids Camp (AOK) (Age 4-21) and Autism Ontario Adult Programs (AOA) (Age 21+) are not-for-profit co-operative day programs offered by Autism Ontario York Region Chapter. Now in our 30th year, we provide a 1:1 client to worker ratio for people living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, from age four through adulthood.

All participants are supported by their own counsellor who facilitates some great social and recreational experiences that are age appropriate. Attending water parks and rock climbing gyms, swimming and going bowling, these are just some activities that our participants get to enjoy plus making friends and enjoying lots of social time. Each counsellor is specially trained and highly capable and look forward to spending the summer with your young adult.

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Our 2018 Program is Now Full

Registration for Next Summer Will Begin March 1 2019

2018 Location: Silver Pines Public School, 112 Stave Cres, Richmond Hill 

The goal of the SSSI program is to learn, and improve, social and life skills.  With the help of our social coaches, participants will improve their social skills and enhance their opportunities. The week long program consists of a fitness component, cooking classes, and social outings such as restaurant lunches, bowling, movies, swimming and visits to the public library! Another key component of the program is volunteer work placements, where participants volunteer in organizations such as The Gap, Bulk Barn, and Dollarama. Participants spend two afternoons a week at work placements where they gain valuable life skills.  The last piece of the week is built in throughout the week and takes place at the school and consists of drama activities, hands-on practice of social skills, games and more!  Through all of these activities participants will receive catered and individualized support intended to help improve their social and life skills while achieving their personal goals.

In order to have success in this program participants must:

  • Have the desire to be social with peers
    • Have the desire to engage on a societal level
      • Prior to the program be able to demonstrate the skills needed to have a verbal conversation
      • Be able to be semi-independent (in a 1:2 staff to participant ratio)
      • Interested in gaining and improving their social and life skills

There will be a MANDATORY 15 minute meeting after registration to ensure the program is a good fit.

The dates of the meetings will be announced.  You’ll receive an email with the details.

We will contact you in advance to set up a time and date for a meeting once we receive registration.

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Sincere thanks to the dedicated members of our Volunteer Camp Committee who, year after year, have so selflessly committed many hours of personal time to ensure that our ASD community continues to be enriched by supported recreational opportunities.

AOK Camp AOA, run by Autism Ontario York Region Chapter, has been in continuous operation since 1987. A handful of parents created the first camp because their children with ASD couldn’t be accomodated by the summer day programs available in their area.

Partnering with Kerry’s Place Autism Services in 2006, camp expanded to specialize in suppporting youth with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.

With a 3-year grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2009, York Chapter created the Adult Summer Program, expanding services to adults living with ASD.

Parent volunteers remain at the heart of AOK Camp AOA; the camp committee meets several times a year and supports our Chapter Manager in developing policies, mapping our sessions, determining pricing, staff hiring and evaluation, fundraising and troubleshooting.

Our phenomenal summer staff is made up of teachers and those pursuing careers in teaching, educational assistants, students pursuing graduate or post-graduate degrees in psychology, teaching, kinesiology and other fields related to ASD and others who work with people living with ASD and other exceptionalities.

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