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.

FOOTPRINTS began offering Camp Great Strides as a direct response from families facing the challenge of finding appropriate care for their children diagnosed with ASD during the March, summer and holiday breaks from school.

The camps are an extension of the weekly FOOTPRINTS program and utilize the same locations and volunteers, thereby providing a level of comfort and consistency for the children. Camps are offered in 5-day sessions and can accommodate up to five children.

With the continued support of Investors Group Pickering Region, FOOTPRINTS offered three camps in 2013: summer camps at both our Pickering and Whitby locations and a Christmas winter break camp in Pickering.

We are extremely thankful to Investors Group, Pickering Region and UNITY FOR AUTISM for their gifts. We look forward to a lasting relationship.

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

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Support for 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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City of Pickering

2013 Civic Awards May 26, 2014

Congratulations to Sharon Buchanan and Ashley Sheehan, Volunteer Screening for both receiving the 2013 Civic Access Award for Disability Issues.

Sharon joined FOOTPRINTS4Autism in May of 2011. From the first Steering Committee meeting that Sharon attended, it was obvious that she would be a huge asset to our organization. She identified a key area that was lacking in leadership and, once she was comfortable with all that she needed to know, she volunteered to be our Human Resources personnel. In her first full year, Sharon contributed over 200 hours of volunteer time.

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Ashley joined FOOTPRINTS in as a Childcare Volunteer in 2010, as a Child Support Volunteer. Ashley rose to every challenge and soon took on a supervisory role. In 2012, Ashley took on a different role with FOOTPRINTS as part of the Volunteering Recruitment Team.

Ashley has volunteered over 500 hours for FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism since she started with us four years ago.

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From left to right: Mayor Ryan, Sharon Buchanan and Ashley Sheehan.

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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