What is Geneva Centre for Autism?
- Celebrating more than 30 years of service, Geneva Centre for Autism is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
- Geneva Centre for Autism provides clinical intervention, family support, training, information and resources, and is the only centre of its kind in Canada.
- As the leading source of education on ASD, Geneva Centre for Autism plays an important role in Ontario's initiative to enhance supports for individuals with ASD in the province. The Centre provides training to Teachers’ Assistants in publicly funded school boards and authorities and to Resource Teachers/Consultants and Home Visitors in the child care sector in Ontario.
Who Uses Geneva Centre for Autism’s Services?
- Geneva Centre for Autism provides clinical intervention services to more than 3,000 children and adults with ASD and their families in the City of Toronto and the surrounding area including Peel, and York Regions.
- Professionals, locally and internationally, contract with Geneva Centre for Autism’s Training Institute for on-site training and consultations. As well, the Centre’s biennial International Symposium on Autism attracts a large number and diverse group of people from around the world.
- More than 18,000 people access our services, training programs, and resources each year.
What is the Objective of Geneva Centre for Autism’s Services?
- The primary objective of all Geneva Centre for Autism services is skill building: in children and young adults with autism; in parents and caregivers; in teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, diagnosticians and other professionals; and in the community to facilitate acceptance and inclusion of individuals with ASD.
Growing Demand for Service
- The number of people seeking information and services has increased dramatically in the last ten years. Currently, more than 60 new families contact us each month.
How are Geneva Centre for Autism’s Services Funded?
- We receive government support for some programs, but the amount of funding has not kept pace with the increasing demand for service. Most programs are dependent upon fundraised dollars.
- Social skill development, for example, is a paramount need for individuals with autism and yet is not addressed by government granting mechanisms. To meet this need, Geneva Centre for Autism offers an extensive Social Skills Program, consisting of a series of instructor-led peer support groups. The cost of one such 14-week Social Skills Group for 8- 10 children is $9,000.