Send me updates on new resources!
Send me updates on new resources!


Find a Family Network in your community!
Many parents have told us that their best source of information and ideas is other families. Families across the province are connecting with each other and forming Family Networks for this purpose.

Connecting with other families provides fresh perspectives and practical information, lessens isolation, and can help innovate new solutions. Offering and receiving support builds resilience. A family network can be a pathway to discovering and building upon resources already present within ‘your own backyard’.

As a family formed and led organization, we know firsthand the challenges in creating the best possible life for a loved one with a disability, from childhood to adulthood. While the purpose of a Family Network is to help you enhance the wellbeing of your loved one, oftentimes everyone in your family benefits.

For more information about Family Networks or to be added to our contact list  please contact Natalie Jones (  

If there is a family network in your area below, please feel free to contact the person directly listed by clicking on their name for their email address. 


Muskoka Muskoka Family Networks
Carla O'Neill
Connecting families
Greater Toronto
Scaborough Residential Alternatives
Bonnie  Heath

York Region (Aurora, Newmarket)

Family Support Network - Susan Popper
Provides mentorship information to families Facebook Page:
Family Support Network Facebook Group
West Toronto/Etobicoke Andrea Englert-Rygus Parents of children with Aspergers's or Autism
North Toronto Laura and Chris Callaghan
Peel  Rima Al-Salah
Halton Region  The Community Oak Park  Housing, Advocacy and Social Connections The Community Oak Park Facebook Page
Oakville Mary Frances Levasseur
Northern Ontario Liz Gibbons
Peterborough Angela Prins
Michelle Cardwell
Nancy McCarthy - looking for a network
Lanark County Joyce Rivington Raising awareness about supports and connecting families
Leeds & Grenville Counties Leeds and Grenville Family Network - Betty Daley
Sault Ste.Marie

Renee Tomasetti

 Looking to start a  network

Prince Edward County Family Engagement Networks - Joyce Wade 
Chatham Kent area Sandy Reilly
Niagara Region
Niagara Family Network
Lyn Bourret
Supporting adults with intellectual disabilities and their families to live fulfilling lives in their community
Essex Ensemble (affiliated with  CL Essex)  A parent directed resource for families, helping build connections
Burlington Connected Families (affiliated with CL Burlington)
This is a new parent-led group designed to educate, empower and encourage other parents.
Fort Erie Looking for a family Network - Cathy Ettinger
Rochester (USA) Lisa Hulbert
Wallaceburg, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton Care & Share Family Network -
Support, shared interests, information sharing
Thunder Bay  Thunder Bay Family Network
Family Empowerment and relationship and community building
Hamilton/Niagara Region Family Nights - in partnership with Autism Ontario and McMaster Children's Hospital
Amy Philips 

Family Nights consists of three groups who meet at the same time: Parent Support Group, Child Group and Sibiling Group. The groups meet on the last Wednesday of each month.