Who We Are
At Surrey Place, we help people with developmental disabilities and complex needs reach their full potential
Surrey Place serves people of all ages with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. In each of these cases, we work with people who have varying and sometimes complex needs. To meet our clients’ needs, we take a community and family-based approach to establish solutions that work, and together, we create responsive and innovative plans of care. In these plans, we include families, support networks, and other service providers, to be part of a caring circle of support, teaching skills and helping them learn to advocate and navigate through care.
Compassionate, committed clinicians and therapists make a difference in the journeys of the people we serve. Approaching all we do with respect; Surrey Place seeks to understand and accept differences in a professional and caring manner. Surrey Place meets the needs of people, providing responsive, evidence-based assessments and treatments. Our expertise combined with our approach enables our clients to reimagine their potential, reach their goals, and experience meaningful change.
As a leader in the field, we drive systemic change by facilitating transformation and embracing the future. We collaborate with partners and organizations in many disciplines to share knowledge and tools, improve access to services, and set standards. We conduct research and train the experts of the future.
Located across the Toronto region, our five locations offer a welcoming, inclusive, and safe space where community is nourished and sustained. With over 450 staff, we are often the first point of contact for many. As the lead agency for Developmental Services Ontario Toronto Region and as a partner of Toronto Autism Services Network we are a core component of service delivery in our community and across the province.
Mission, Vision, Values
At Surrey Place, we follow these principles to ensure that we deliver high quality, consistent programming across our organization
60 Years in Service
Support Across the Lifespan
10,000+ Clients Served Annually
5 Locations in Toronto
Surrey Place has a history of advancing new approaches to serve people with developmental disabilities. Over the years, we have laid the foundation in an evolving sector. Today, we serve over 10,000 clients, families and caregivers, professionals and organizations annually from our five satellite locations in Toronto. We are proud to have maintained our commitment to the health and well-being of our clients and communities for 59 years.
Our Roots Begin
In 1962, the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry establishes a community clinic to provide assessment and diagnosis for individuals with developmental disabilities.
The community clinic moves to our current head office location at 2 Surrey Place in 1966. The new clinic is named the Mental Retardation Centre.
A New Name
Additional disciplines are introduced in 1971 including education, occupational therapy, audiology, speech pathology and genetics in addition to psychiatry, psychology, nursing and social work.
The Centre successfully moves away from outdated language and ideas about developmental disabilities, demonstrating leadership and an investment in emerging voices and research.
The Mental Retardation Centre is renamed Surrey Place Centre in 1974.
Surrey Place Centre is the first organization in Canada to introduce behavioural therapy services.
Ontario’s first early intervention service for infants with developmental delays is launched at 2 Surrey Place.
Ontario Government’s Commitment
The Parenting Enhancement Program launches, providing parents with developmental disabilities with skills training.
The provincial government divests the organization’s services and a community board and foundation assume responsibility in 1987.
Surrey Place Centre establishes a clinic for people with Down syndrome to screen for medical complications over the life span, the first of its kind in Canada.
Quality of Life Conference
Surrey Place Centre is a lead organization on the International Family Quality of Life Project, examining the lived experiences of families with member(s) with an intellectual or developmental disability in collaboration with researchers from Australia, Israel and Canada.
New services are introduced to support additional diagnoses including the Behavioural Medical Assessment of Complex Kids & their Environment Clinic (BMACKE), and two clinics for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) diagnosis and assessment for children and adults.
Mashkikiiwininiwag Mazinaatesijigan Wichiiwewin (MMW) Video Conferencing Program is introduced to serve clients in Northern Ontario communities.
The inaugural Toronto Partnership for Autism Services is formed with Surrey Place Centre, Adventure Place, Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre, the Etobicoke Children’s Centre, and Geneva Centre for Autism.
Surrey Place Centre establishes the Family Practice Clinic with St. Michael’s Hospital.
Dr. Bill Sullivan creates the first Consensus Guidelines for the primary healthcare of adults.
Surrey Place Centre is appointed a Toronto region representative for two provincial programs, Assistive Devices Program and Connections for Students, leading to the inception of Augmentative Communication and Writing Aids (ACWA) and the School Support Program.
Service Integrations & Partnerships
Surrey Place Centre is appointed the administrative representative for Developmental Services Ontario Toronto Region (DSO Toronto Region) in 2011. DSO Toronto Region makes it easier for adults with developmental disabilities and their families to apply for services and supports.
Surrey Place Centre becomes co-lead in Toronto Autism ABA Services in partnership with Adventure Place, Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre, The Etobicoke Children’s Centre and Kerry’s Place Autism Services.
Surrey Place Centre integrates the Ontario Foundation for Visually Impaired Children (OFVIC) into its operations in 2012, including assuming OFVIC’s Training and Development Centre for the Blind-Low Early Intervention Program across Ontario.
In 2013, Thistletown Regional Centre TRE-ADD program oﬃcially transfers to Surrey Place Centre.
Partners with The Hospital for Sick Children, Circle 21 and the Sick Kids Foundation in 2014 to establish the SickKids Down Syndrome Clinic, a program that provides children ages 0-4 with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with access to information and services.
Partners with Conseil scolaire Viamonde and Conseil scolaire de district Catholique Centre-Sud to create French Language Service.
The Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Psychiatric Clinic is launched in 2015. The Enhanced Clinic Service model is introduced in 2016 to improve access and responsiveness to client needs.
In 2016, Surrey Place partners with Developmental Services Ontario Toronto Region, the City of Toronto, Inner City Family Health Centre and Community Living Toronto to establish permanent housing for 25 homeless men with developmental disabilities.
Establishes formal partnership in behaviour therapy with Sick Kids Hospital, Griﬃn Centre and East Metro Youth Services in 2016
The Infancy & Early Childhood program establishes a Behavioural Consultation Clinic and a Family Counseling Clinic
The Mobile Adult Psychiatric Team launches in January 2016 to go into communities and assess and support individuals with intellectual disabilities who are aging and experiencing mental health challenges.
Surrey Place Centre launches a new brand identity and changes its name to Surrey Place in 2018. The new brand represents the organization’s growth and continued commitment to serve clients in an accessible and welcoming manner.
The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program launches with dedicated annualized funding to update practice guidelines and tools, and to build capacity to care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
With assistance from Women’s Xchange 15k Challenge grant, Surrey Place conducts an intervention study in 2019 for mothers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, surveying screening rates for both cervical and breast cancer. The study contributes to studies used by leading research bodies in Canada and internationally.
In 2020, Surrey Place began working with Ontario Health Teams to create new partnerships and build a health care system that fully supports people with developmental disabilities in the hospital and community by sharing strategies and knowledge about their unique needs.
Surrey Place launches the Transitions Team in 2020 to support complex life transitions through customizable, interdisciplinary paid services. It’s designed to help external agencies support individuals with developmental disabilities transition and their families and caregivers. .
In 2021, the new Toronto Autism Services Network launches in partnership with Surrey Place, Geneva Centre for Autism, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Lumenus Community Services, Strides Toronto and SAAAC Autism Centre.