Social and recreational services for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

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Provides information about the various social and recreational resources that are available for children with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder.

Key points

  • Social and recreational services included here for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder include social groups, sports, and life skills training.

This section provides information about recreational programs for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Services include: social groups, sports activities, and life skills training. These services may be provided in a specialized setting. They may also be provided in an integrated program that includes children with and without special needs.

It may be possible to use Special Services at Home (SSAH) funding to cover some of the cost of the service. For a complete guide to summer camp programs, please see the "Community Resource Directory for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their Families in Toronto" published by the Surrey Place Centre.

You can obtain a copy of this directory at

Make sure to complete your applications for summer camp programs as early as possible as the spaces fill up quickly. Also remember that your community’s parks and recreation department offers activities that may be helpful to your child.

CARD – Community Association for Riding for the Disabled

CARD provides therapeutic horse riding for people with various disabilities from three years of age up to adulthood.

For more information call 416-667-8600 or visit

City of Toronto: Parks, Forestry, and Recreation

Adapted Programs and Integrated Services

The City of Toronto: Parks, Forestry, and Recreation provides the community with accessible recreation and leisure opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. People with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to participate in recreation opportunities to the best of their ability.

For more information call 416-397-4690 or visit

Ontario Track 3 Ski Association for the Disabled

This association provides children and youth with disabilities an opportunity to learn how to downhill ski and snowboard. Individuals ages six to 19 with various disabilities, including ASD, are eligible.

For more information call 416-233-3872 or visit

Reach for Inclusion

Reach for Inclusion provides trained one-on-one support workers for individuals with ASD to attend summer camp programs. Reach for Inclusion will support families in finding camps and other recreation opportunities. Children and youth with developmental and physical disabilities are eligible.

For more information call 416-503-0088 or visit


Sportball provides a non-competitive sports program that focuses on skill development, increasing confidence, self-esteem, and team work. Sports include: soccer, hockey, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and golf skills. Children and youth two to 16 years of age with special needs may join. These include those with ASD or a developmental delay.

For more information call 905-882-4473 or visit

Variety Village

Variety Village provides recreational and fitness programs for children, youth, and adults with and without special needs.

For more information call 416-699-7167 or visit

Last updated: March 9th 2009