$530,000 in funding was announced by Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau for programs offered by Scarborough’s South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC). Through counselling, workshops and peer support groups, SAAAC helps parents across the Greater Toronto Area care for their kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The funding, $530,000 spread over two years in programs was aimed at supporting parents of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) provided by the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC).
“I applaud the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre’s grassroots efforts to support parents navigate and cope with their Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and its ensuing effects. Parents and caregivers have a tremendous role to play in helping their child or youth with ASD, and, as a parent myself, I know how vital community services can be. Thank you to SAAAC for your hard work, and I look forward to continuing to hear your success stories,” said Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services.
WORKING WITH FAMILIES SINCE 2008
The South Asian Autism Awareness Centre is a Toronto-based charity that supports culturally and linguistically diverse families impacted by ASD.
“The SAAAC Autism Centre has been working with families since our inception in 2008. Our experiences have shown us that in order to help individuals with developmental disabilities, you must help their parents and caregivers. Our services enable parents and caregivers to be connected, empowered, and well-informed in their journey to provide support for their loved ones. We thank MCYS for recognizing the importance of parent support programs and how imperative it is within the new Ontario Autism Program, Geetha Moorthy,” Executive Director, South Asian Autism Awareness Centre.