Ontario Autism Program - OAP Respite

Respite and Family Camp Lottery Application Closed.

Kinark Outdoor Centre, in partnership with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) at Kinark is pleased to offer Autism Respite Programs to families registered with the OAP and waiting for behavioural services.

There are 118 spaces available for families on the OAP waitlist to attend one of two separate programs at the Kinark Outdoor Centre, which is in a forested setting just north of Minden, Ontario. Cabins, meals and program equipment are all supplied at no cost to participating families. 

As space is limited, a random draw process was completed to select families who wish to attend. Families will be notified of their draw standing by March 9th, 2018.

Autism Programs

The Kinark Outdoor Center (KOC) provides a rich variety of outdoor education programs and autism support programs tailored to a wide range of needs and interests. The Kinark Outdoor Center offers a variety of adapted traditional camp experiences and enhanced respite opportunities for children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum. 5-day camp opportunities for kids with ASD are customized to meet the campers' needs; Family Respite weekends and Family Camp experiences are well supported to meet the needs of all visitors.

There are funded and fee for service programs for children with autism and their families at the Kinark Outdoor Center. Please also visit our agency website for more information: Kinark Child and Family Services

Autism Summer Camp - Personally Funded Registration Now Open

This is a 5-day residential summer camp experience for children with Autism. The focus of the week is on social and therapeutic recreation supported by a high ratio of staff to campers. Groups of five campers experience the social skills inherent in a camp setting with four staff to support individual needs.

Autism Family Respite 

This is a social-recreation weekend for six to eight ASD families who are often on the waiting list to receive service. The program provides a one-to-one worker for the identified child, as well as sibling, and parent programs.  Opportunities for respite, networking, and social skill development are offered throughout the weekend. 

Autism Summer Family Camp

The program was developed in direct response to families who greatly appreciated the AFR Weekends, but are now looking for an affordable option for families who did not require one-to-one support. It is a four day summer recreation program for a group of 15 families with a member with ASD.

Contact our Autism Program Supervisor  Leslie MacLachlan with any questions.