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Supporting Someone with Autism

Caregiving or supporting an autistic person can be a lifelong journey. Depending on their needs, the required strengths or skills can vary greatly, with differing levels of support needed.

The OCO has resources that may be able to help.

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If you are caring for a person with cancer, you may be involved in both practical and emotional support.

Explore our resources below to find community support, peer groups and more.


Language Statement
OCO recognizes that language used to refer to autism is sensitive and evolving. While there is no firm consensus on language, we follow the recommendation from Autism Ontario to use identity-first language. For more information on this recommendation, read Autism Ontario’s Language Statement.

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Most of us, at some point in our lives, will be a caregiver to someone close to us. A caregiver provides physical and/or emotional support to a family member, partner, friend, or neighbour. Who do you care for?