Manitoba Autism Organizations
Advocacy and Family Support
Asperger Manitoba Inc. (AMI) works to support increased awareness, understanding and ongoing supports, specific to the needs of adults and children with Asperger Syndrome living and working successfully within the community, and their families.
Current activities include a facilitated Peer Support Group for adults with Asperger Syndrome and an informal support group for parents of adults with this diagnosis. AMI also provides limited direct support to individuals and their families as well as information sessions to organizations and groups supporting them.
Autistics United Canada – Winnipeg Chapter
Autistics United Canada is a grassroots, Autistic-led organization dedicated to improving the lives of Autistic Canadians through self-advocacy.
#6 – 120 Maryland Street, Winnipeg, MB R3G 1L1
Community Living Manitoba is dedicated to the full inclusion of persons of all ages who live with an intellectual disability. They categorize their advocacy work under three pillars; family engagement, inclusive education and inclusive employment.
1 – 120 Maryland Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 1L1
Phone: (204) 786-1414
Serving the city of Winnipeg and surrounding area, Inclusion Winnipeg is a registered charity which, for almost 60 years, has been dedicated to making life better for children and adults living with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We do this by connecting people, assisting their families to navigate systems and leading the way in advancing their human rights. Inclusion Winnipeg provides both advocacy supports and recreational programs.
Since 2018 the Family Advocacy Network of Manitoba (FAN), a grassroots group of parents, siblings, support network members of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities has been working hard at trying to make meaningful change in the lives of our loved ones. Some of our loved ones may have a secondary diagnosis associated with behaviours and/or a physical disability. They also have gifts, talents and are valued.
FAN provides peer support, information and resources, as well as encouragement and ideas to help families advocate for their loved one. Communication with members is through emails (MailChimp) and a closed Facebook page. Members receive quarterly updates on FAN’s activities. Letters addressing loved ones and families concerns are sent to provincial Members of the Legislative Assembly and federal Members of Parliament. FAN’s advocacy has proven successful and a key goal of ongoing meetings with government elected officials and senior staff with the Departments of Families and Education has been accomplished.
Membership with FAN is free. You are invited to view FAN’s video and become a member by visiting us on our website at www.fanmb.ca or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, FAN would welcome the opportunity to meet virtually (Zoom) with families in your community. Once Covid restrictions are lifted FAN hopes to have the resources to plan in person gatherings with families.
Autism Portage runs parent support groups and offers information for people living in the Portage La Prairie area.
Westman Autism Support Group (Brandon)
Contact: Sheila Deacon
The Westman Autism Parent Support Group is a support group for families from the Westman region who are raising a child/children with Autism.
PACE is a support group offering a variety of social opportunities for kids with autism and their parents. PACE also organizes a walk at the provincial legislature each April. They can be found on Facebook.
This is a Facebook support group that also offers regular coffee nights.
1155 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Phone: (204) 452-4311
The Rehabilitation Centre for Children supports children with special needs in Manitoba and surrounding areas, in reaching their goals and participating in their communities. The website gives information on services, programs, research, and events. They periodically offer parent support seminars for children on the autism spectrum. Upcoming opportunities are posted on their website calendar.
They also modify equipment such as bicycles, swings or chairs to meet the needs of autistic children.
The SSCY Family Resource Centre is located on the main floor of the SSCY Centre. In this family-friendly space are located harder-to-find resources about special needs and general health issues, including 1400 books, videos and DVDs about specific disabilities or conditions. They are able to mail print and video resources to Manitoba locations outside of Winnipeg. The Take-Out-Toy Services (TOTS) toy lending program is also located in the SSCY Family Resource Centre. TOTS has over 400 toys for use by children with special needs, including electronic, switch-adapted and developmental toys.
For more information, contact:
SSCY Family Resource Centre Coordinator
Phone: (204) 453-9820
The Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Outreach Therapy for Children (SMD OTC) provides Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services to Children in Winnipeg, and Speech-Language Pathology Services to children in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba. Children up to 5 years old receive therapy in their daily environment, such as their home, child care centre or nursery school.
H.A.L.E stands for Help Autism Live Everywhere. Based in Selkirk, H.A.L.E Autism provides a variety of services to individuals and families living with autism. One of the most popular programs is the LEGO Social Skills Groups, and other services include:
- Social Skills Groups
- Computer Software Training
- Continuing Education Classes
- Critical Independent Living Skills for Adults
Check their Facebook page for updates on upcoming events and sessions, follow their weekly posts on Youtube, find course listings at Selkirk Continuing Education, or contact Kristian Hooker at email@example.com with any questions about the services offered.
316 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R2H 2A4
The Open Access Resource Centre (OARC) is committed to improving the lives of Manitobans with speech challenges through the use of communication devices. OARC helps individuals throughout Manitoba receive long-term systems as well as providing the supports needed for successful implementation of a device as a communication tool.
This page has links to “Fact Sheets” providing information on the services available to people with disabilities in Manitoba, from early childhood to adulthood.
Children’s Hospital Family Library
Address: CK204 – 840 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1S1
Phone: (204) 787-1012
A resource centre with books, pamphlets, magazines and videotapes relating to the health of children, available to all citizens of Manitoba. Books circulate for two weeks; videos for two days. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 10 to noon, and 2 to 4 p.m. (Closed weekends and statutory holidays.) Books can be borrowed via mail.