Kerry’s Place Autism Services
Autism is a brain dysfunction that causes a development disorder. Recent studies report that the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder has increased steadily and alarmingly in recent decades. At an incidence of one in 250 of the population, it is now recognized as being more prevalent than better-known conditions like Juvenile Diabetes. Little is understood about Autism and it is a life-long condition. The chief characteristics are impairment in social relationships and communication skills, and a tendency to engage in repetitive body movements. In recent years, parents of autistic children have been instrumental in setting up group homes. Known as "Kerry's Place," it is here that afflicted children and young adults can live and develop, under the supervision of trained staff.
Kerry’s Place offers a variety of clinical services relative to Autism, notably psychological/behaviour assessments, diagnostic assessments, workshop presentations and assessment for supported independent living.
Since 1981, the Masonic Foundation of Ontario has supported the work of Kerry’s Place, contributing over $240,000. These grants have enabled Kerry’s Place to obtain clinical assessment tools and test materials, as well as to follow up and confirm studies. The results continue to be most encouraging.
The Foundation’s grants have also provided vital support in developing special projects to assist families with members suffering from Autism’s Pervasive Development Disorder, including the Enhanced Quality of Life Communication Project to improve communication technology and increase the organization’s ability to reach families in the community in need and assist them to access the broad range of support available.
Assistance of Kerry’s Place’s continuing education program is a valuable opportunity to increase the quality of life for people in Ontario with Autism; in particular, young people who will have the opportunity to assume new responsibilities, gain employment and participate in recreational and social programs within the community.