Respite in a safe and happy environment for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Charitable Number 85600 1201 RR0001

FOOTPRINTS provides respite services for families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Durham Region.  Established in 2004, this volunteer-driven, not-for-profit program is dedicated to providing respite care for children 13 years of age and under on a weekly basis in Durham Region.  An outreach program of Dunbarton-Fairport United Church, the program is designed solely for benefit of the afflicted children and for the relief of their families.  FOOTPRINTS relies on trained volunteers to care for the children under the guidance of a trained and qualified Program Supervisor.

Respite locations in Pickering and Whitby

Donate A Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism. We provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you Donate your RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to FOOTPTINTS 4 Autism through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for your Charity to benefit. After your Vehicle Donation is complete, FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism will send you a tax receipt within 45 days!

Camp Great Strides - FOOTPRINTS' Christmas Break Camp will run in both our locations from 9 am-noon on December 21, 22, 23 and 29, 30. Spots are limited.

Please note, camps are subject to cancellation if registration is low.

For more information and how to register email or

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Together We 'Hang' was an amazing success!

" helped me make some friends." Participant

Thank you!

Without your support our Social Program bringing youth on the autism spectrum together with their peers would not have happened.

Parents were asked - Do you think your child enjoyed this program? And, What do you think your child took from the program?

The response was overwhelming! "Definately. Learning to socialize with peers better." "Yes. Had some fun and better ease socialing with peers." "Amazing. More than one day - maybe twice per week.

When we asked the participants (youth on the Autism Spectrum) - What did you like best about this program? "Game playing." "Video games - talking to others about them." And, Do you think you benefited from this program? "Yes." "Yes, because it helped me make some friends."

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FOOTPRINTS Survey - what types of Programs would you like to have available in Durham Region.We would like to hear from YOU! Click to Complete survey

Give the gift that gives twice - make a gift donation to FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism

You will truly make a difference. Your gift will be giving parents and caregivers the precious gift of time. Time they can use to tend to other needs without the additional demands of caring for their child with Autism.

The recipient of your gift will receive a very special card acknowledging your donation to FOOTPRINTS gifted in their name.

Donate online by clicking on the Donate Now button at the bottom of the page or contact Julie at 905-420-0388 ext 3 or

FOOTPRINTS Pickering location has Respite spots available!

FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism Current Volunteer Newsletter - Click to Read

"T loves it (going to FOOPTRINTS) :) Always wants to go back and always talks about it! Job well done!"

- Parent 2014 Survey

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