Provincial website helps thousands of Ontario families access vital respite services



    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - The physical and emotional demands of providing
constant care for a loved one with a disability can be overwhelming. Thousands
of families struggle to give the best care possible, in difficult
circumstances with little relief. But help is just a click away at award
winning website www.respiteservices.com
    Since its province-wide launch a year ago, www.respiteservices.com helps
thousands of families across 38 Ontario communities access vital respite
services. Supported by the Ministries of Finance; Community and Social
Services; and Children and Youth Services, www.respiteservices.com is
facilitated and hosted by Geneva Centre for Autism.
    Families who previously faced a confusing maze of programs, organizations
and funding options can now easily access services, funding and recruit
workers from this centralized resource. Respite workers can register and view
training and job postings. Respite services are more accessible, better
coordinated and more responsive to the needs of individuals and families.

    "A great one-stop resource for families seeking information on local
temporary relief services. Respite is an important part of helping to keep
children and youth with special needs where they want to be - at home with
their families."
    Deb Matthews, Minister of Children and Youth Services

    "Respite services are vital. Parents can enjoy an evening out, knowing
their child is cared for by someone who understands their needs. A few hours
of regular support makes a huge difference."
    Margaret Whelan, Executive Director, Geneva Centre for Autism

    "Since my wife's death I am the major caregiver for my two sons. My
eldest has severe autism, requiring 24 hour supervision. It can be very
stressful. Now I can hire pre-checked respite workers directly so I can attend
parent support groups and spend time with my youngest."
    Peter Sen, parent of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    
                   Spokespeople and case studies available
    

    Geneva Centre for Autism is a Canadian and international leader in the
development and delivery of training, support and clinical intervention
services, for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.
Designated by the Ontario government as a provincial autism resource, the
Centre trains thousands of professionals each year.
    www.autism.net





For further information:

For further information: Katie Wilson, Geneva Centre for Autism, (416)
322-7877x316, kwilson@autism.net

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