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FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism understands that families who have a child or children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum can make family life challenging.  The ability to step back and away even for a few hours each month can provide significant benefits for the entire family unit.  This is what we do – we provide affordable and accessible quality respite care.  

Programs are recreational and designed for enjoyment through creative activities and social engagement to meet varying interests and abilities.  It’s a supportive social setting with peers to create memorable friendships.  Respite care is provided by trained volunteers in a group setting under the guidance and supervision of a qualified Program Supervisor.

Make our recreational respite program part of your family’s routine – check out our programs below.  Registration is available online and you will be contacted by our team within a few days of registering.  Our programs are eligible to be covered by funding – please check with your funding representative.

Please enter your child’s name in the application (image shown to the right) –  located above address section. There is a separate section to enter parent/
guardian information.

Christmas Camp Is Full

Thank you to all our families that registered! Our camp is now full.

Respite Service

Ages 4 - 13

Saturday respite program sessions are offered in the morning or afternoon (full day is not available).  Participation is scheduled in advance and you can expect to attend once or twice per month. 

AGES 4 – 13
$30.00 for 1 session
Morning: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Afternoon: 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Together We Hang
Youth Social

Ages 14 - 21

TWH is designed to foster life skills and build confidence in their journey to adulthood.  It is provided in a safe, nonjudgemental and relaxed environment with peers – a ‘social club’.

AGES 14 – 21
This program is currently being updated and new times will be posted once confirmed – check back soon. We anticipate restarting in the new year.


Great Strides

Ages 4 - 13

Full day camps are held during summer and winter breaks.  There are 2 weeks offered in July and 2 weeks in August. During winter there is 1 week in December.  Dates vary each year and registrations open 6 weeks in advance.

AGES 4 – 13
Half day: $30.00
Full day: $60.00
Morning: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Afternoon: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Program Locations

– Program symbols above each location indicate programs available –

St. Mark's United Church
201 Centre St. S., Whitby ON L1N 4V7
Dunbarton-Fairport United Church
1066 Dunbarton Road, Pickering ON L1V 1G8
Whitby Central Library (CLOSED)
405 Dundas St. W., Whitby ON L1N 6A1