Ensuring a Sustainable Organization

2021/22 in Review

Diversified Funding

At Surrey Place, we understand the importance of creating an agile and nimble organization by diversifying our revenue base to meet the changing needs of our clients, their families, and our community.

Since increasing our efforts in grant and proposal applications, we continue to see growth in awarded funds. We saw an increase of 1345% from the previous fiscal year in our total proposal awarded funds and 37% in our grant awarded funds.

TypeNumber of ApplicationsNumber of SuccessesTotal Awarded Funds ($)

Grant Highlights

Scotiabank Foundation

Surrey Place was awarded $50,000 for the pilot of the Ben and Hilda Katz Autism Volunteering & Mentorship Program. The program teaches students aged 15-18 with autism, hands-on labour market navigation as they attain volunteer placements and practice soft skills to seek, gain, and retain future employment.

United Way Community Grant

We were awarded $75,000 over three years towards our Parenting Enhancement Program, which provides training and support to pregnant people and parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With the awarded funds, the program seeks to deliver a parenting curriculum, establish parental networks, and increase parents’ confidence in accessing resources.

Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant from the Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism

Surrey Place was awarded nearly $40,000 over two years for a project called Dismantling Systemic Racism: It Starts Within. With the awarded funds, the Community Partnerships and Innovation department aims to create a greater understanding and recognition of racism-based trauma and the benefits of trauma-informed care within our organization and the developmental services sector.

Paid Services

Implementation of Interdisciplinary Ontario Autism Program Core Services

Over the past year, Surrey Place’s Autism Services team has actively engaged in an interprofessional clinical priority project to further develop and implement a broader array of Ontario Autism Program Core Services to better support the community. The new core services include Occupational Therapy, Mental Health supports and Speech-Language Pathology. The expansion has allowed Surrey Place to provide a more fulsome array of professional services for families and enhanced the opportunity for interprofessional collaboration to benefit the people we serve. Since expanding our services, the response has been positive, with substantial interest from parents, caregivers, and professionals in the community.

Partnerships & Integrations

Toronto Autism Service Network

The Ontario Autism Program has evolved significantly over the last couple of years, and Surrey Place has worked closely with community partners and the ministry to ensure families and clients were supported throughout the transition. During this past year, we launched and were established as the lead agency for three Ontario Autism Programs: The Caregiver-Mediated Early Years Program, Entry to School and Urgent Response.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness

In recognition of FASD Awareness Month in September, Surrey Place hosted a well-received webinar titled FASD: A Whole-Body Diagnosis. The keynote speaker was a world-renowned motivational speaker, trainer and peer mentor, Myles Himmelreich. Myles also participated in the panel discussion with Development Pediatrician Dr. Alvin Loh, Development Nurse Shirley McMillian, and parent advocate Kate M. The webinar was attended by over 550 people from across the globe and shared information about the possible physical health impacts and treatment for individuals who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol.

By 2 months

Has your baby had their hearing screened? YES NO

By 6 months

Does the child?

Startle in response to loud noises? YES NO
Turn to where a sound is coming from? YES NO
Make different cries for different needs (hungry, tired)? YES NO
Watch your face as you talk? YES NO
Smile/laugh in response to your smiles and laughs? YES NO
Imitate coughs or other sounds such as ah, eh, buh YES NO

By 9 months

Does the child?

Respond to their name? YES NO
Respond to the telephone ringing or a knock at the door? YES NO
Understand being told no? YES NO
Get what they want through using gestures (reaching to be picked up)? YES NO
Play social games with you (Peek-a-Boo)? YES NO
Enjoy being around people? YES NO
Babble and repeat sounds such as babababa or duhduhduh? YES NO

By 12 months

Does the child?

Follow simple one-step directions (sit down)? YES NO
Look across the room to a toy when adult points at it? YES NO
Consistently use three to five words? YES NO
Use gestures to communicate (waves hi/bye, shakes head for no)? YES NO
Get your attention using sounds, gestures and pointing while looking at your eyes? YES NO
Bring you toys to show you? YES NO
Perform for social attention and praise? YES NO
Combine lots of sounds together as though talking (abada baduh abee)? YES NO
Show an interest in simple picture books? YES NO

By 18 months

Does the child?

Understand the meaning of in and out, off and on? YES NO
Point to more than 2 body parts when asked? YES NO
Use at least 20 words consistently? YES NO
Respond with words or gestures to simple questions (Where's teddy? What's that?)? YES NO
Demonstrate some pretend play with toys (gives teddy bear a drink, pretends a bowl is a hat)? YES NO
Make at least four different consonant sounds (p ,b, m, n, d, g, w, h)? YES NO
Enjoy being read to and sharing simple books with you? YES NO
Point to pictures using one finger? YES NO

By 2 years

Does the child?

Follow two-step directions (Go find your teddy bear and show it to Grandma.)? YES NO
Use 100 to 150 words? YES NO
Use at least two pronouns (you, me, mine)? YES NO
Consistently combine two to four words in short phrases (Daddy hat. Truck go down.)? YES NO
Enjoy being around other children? YES NO
Begin to offer toys to other children and imitate other children's actions and words? YES NO
Use words that are understood by others 50 to 60 per cent of the time? YES NO
Form words or sounds easily and without effort? YES NO
Hold books the right way up and turn the pages? YES NO
Read to stuffed animals or toys? YES NO
Scribble with crayons? YES NO

By 30 months

Does the child?

Understand the concepts of size (big/little) and quantity (a little/a lot, more)? YES NO
Use some adult grammar (two cookies, bird flying, I jumped)? YES NO
Use over 350 words? YES NO
Use action words such as run, spill, fall? YES NO
Participate in some turn-taking activities with peers, using both words and toys? YES NO
Demonstrate concern when another child is hurt or sad? YES NO
Combine several actions in play (puts blocks in the train and drives the train, drops the blocks off.)? YES NO
Put sounds at the beginning of most words? YES NO
Use words with two or more syllables or beats (ba-na-na, com-pu-ter, a-pple)? YES NO
Recognize familiar logos and signs involving print (Stop sign)? YES NO
Remember and understand familiar stories? YES NO

By 3 years

Does the child?

Understand who, what, where and why questions? YES NO
Create long sentences using five to eight words? YES NO
Talk about past events (trip to grandparents house, day at child care)? YES NO
Tell simple stories? YES NO
Show affection for favourite playmates? YES NO
Engage in multi-step pretend play (pretending to cook a meal, repair a car)? YES NO
Talk in a way that most people outside of the family understand what she/he is saying most of the time? YES NO
Have an understanding of the function of print (menus, lists, signs)? YES NO
Show interest in, and awareness of, rhyming words? YES NO
Read to stuffed animals or toys? YES NO
Scribble with crayons? YES NO

By 4 years

Does the child?

Follow directions involving three or more steps (First get some paper, then draw a picture and give it to Mommy)? YES NO
Use adult type grammar? YES NO
Tell stories with a beginning, middle and end? YES NO
Talk to try and solve problems with adults and with other children? YES NO
Show increasingly complex imaginary play? YES NO
Talk in a way that is understood by strangers almost all the time? YES NO
Generate simple rhymes (cat-bat)? YES NO
Match some letters with their sounds (letter b says buh, letter t says tuh)? YES NO