Autism Family Respite Registration

This is a wonderful opportunity for families with children on the autism spectrum to enjoy a supported family trip together. The program provides time for families to participate in activities (such as canoeing, hiking, and rock climbing) together, as well as respite time where children with an ASD diagnosis spend time with a one-on-one respite worker, siblings spend time together in a recreational program, and parents are able to network and participate in activities together - or spend some time alone.


There is no fee for the Autism Family Respite Weekends at the Kinark Outdoor Center. The experience is funded through the Autism Spectrum Disorder Respite Services Fund of Ontario's MCYS. Funding is also available to those on the waitlist for services with CEAP (Central East Autism Program).

Registration and Application

Due to staffing and facility limitations, there are not enough program participant positions for all interested families. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. January 5th, 2018.  Families are then selected to participate using a random lottery process. All applicants will be notified of their status by e-mail (if no e-mail is provided families will be notified by regular mail) by January 26th, 2018.  Please contact the Kinark Outdoor Centre by February 5th, 2018 if you have not received a notification by email or mail.

Please click here to complete an application form for the Autism Family Respite program.

If you have any questions about the about this program, please contact our office.