What is Autism?

Autism affects people world-wide and it is the fastest growing developmental disability, it is estimated that 1 out of 68 newborn babies in the USA has autism. In 2000 the number was 1 in 150 births. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is five times more likely to affect boys than girls. ..

Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome

Imagine having an illness that affected your ability to read vital social cues such as facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language; how hard would it be to effectively communicate with others? Such is the struggle faced by those with Asperger’s syndrome, one of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)....

Asperger’s Syndrome vs. High-Functioning Autism

The primary difference between the two conditions is generally found in the area of language development (notably, those with Asperger’s syndrome usually do not experience delayed language development while young) but the differences go beyond this one area...

Managing Behavioural Difficulties in ASD Children

Behavioural difficulties are common in children who have ASD, but they can often be mitigated through effective management. It’s vital that parents and caregivers understand these behaviours are not their “fault”, they are merely symptoms of the underlying difficulties the child with ASD is facing...

How to Deal with Obsessive and Repetitive Behaviour

For many people with an Autism, obsessions, repetitive behaviours, and routines that might appear overly rigid or unhealthy are actually a source of comfort and self regulation. To help manage these issues, it’s vital to understand the causes of such behaviour and how to best respond to them...

Troubleshooting Common Problem Areas in Children With Autism

When dealing with a child on spectrum, the presence of sudden or chronic behaviours that are aggressive, odd, or socially inappropriate can present challenges one may feel ill-equipped to deal with. Being prepared ahead of time can help a great deal in managing these issues in the calm, logical way...


About Us

Durham Region Autism Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to community education on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and supporting individuals and families affected by ASD in Durham Region, Ontario. We organize school and community events, provide training for educational staff, and setup special programs and support groups for children and youth with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.Our goal is to ensure that people with autism have the opportunity to reach their full potential and live with dignity.

Durham Region Autism Services is run by volunteers only – we have no staff on payroll.

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Special Thanks to Our Corporate Sponsors:

TD Bank  Telus




To inquire about corporate sponsorship opportunities please contact:

   Dr. William Chen, Program Director    bill {at} durham-autism {dot} org

For all other topics please contact:

   Lindsay McCormick, Projects and Events    lindsay {at} durham-autism {dot} org  

   Marie Petrescu, Website Content       marie {at} durham-autism {dot} org