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

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Camp Great Strides: As the Lead Sponsor of Camp Great Strides, Investors Group Pickering Region has made camp possible for kids diagnosed with ASD since 2011.

Camp Great Strides – Expansion: Funding provided by UNITY FOR AUTISM will allow us to expand our camp program in 2014 by offering additional sessions at both locations.

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FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism needs your help

Future Opportunities in Durham Region for Individuals Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - Parent/Caregiver Survey

Get a Head Start on the 2014-15 School Year!

Thank you to the Pickering Library for their support with this initiative. It was a HUGE SUCCESS! Fall planning is underway for more sessions.

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FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism is very grateful to Investors Group, Pickering, for their continued support of Camp Great Strides in 2014.

A very special thank you to all the volunteers who supported our kids at camp in July!

Both Pickering and Whitby camps were a SUCCESS!

Youth Volunteer Program

FOOTPRINTS gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Colleen Fund and Stanley E. Lovell Family Fund at Durham Community Foundation.

Their generous support of our Volunteer Training Sustainability Program will allow us extra resources to focus on recruiting, training and mentoring youth volunteers.

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"Many people do not understand the extreme behaviours that come with autism...this is why we were so happy to be able to receive affordable and high quality respite help from FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism. This gives us a feeling of a 'normal life' and my daughter love going to FOOTPRINTS and is able to participate in activities that she enjoys." - Rankin family