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Autism Virtual Walk-In Clinics Launch in North Eastern Ontario

Posted on: October 23rd, 2018

Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is expanding access to autism supports with the addition of virtual Autism Walk-In Clinics for families in North Eastern Ontario, starting Tuesday, October 23, 2018. The virtual clinics, along with Hands’ in-person autism clinics, are available to families who have a child or youth diagnosed with autism, to address concerns as well as provide family supports and resources while waiting for behavioural services.

The virtual clinics will allow families to connect with Hands’ Autism Team for a same-day session by video or phone. “Through the addition of virtual Walk-In Clinic sessions, we have the ability to modernize how we connect with parents and the family supports we provide”, said Karen Grattan-Miscio, Senior Manager of Autism Services at Hands. “We are excited for the opportunities that virtual clinics bring, such as reaching families in rural communities and offering help from the comfort and ease of home.”

How to Access Autism Walk-In Clinics:

Virtual Autism Walk-In Clinics are available every other Tuesday from noon to 6:00 pm starting Tuesday, October 23, 2018. To make arrangements for a same-day virtual session, parents may call Hands at 1.800.668.8555 ext. 3200, starting at 9:00 am the morning of each Clinic.

Alternatively, families may continue to visit the in-person Autism Walk-In Clinics at the locations and times listed below:

First Tuesday of every month from noon to 6:00 pm:

  • Walk-in to Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca
    391 Oak Street East
    North Bay
  • Or, call Hands to book your virtual visit.

Third Tuesday of every month starting November 20th from noon to 6:00 pm:

  • Walk-in to Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca
    2 May Street
    Parry Sound
  • Or, call Hands to book your virtual visit.

Please note Hands’ Walk-In Clinics are not a crisis or emergency service. If you experiencing a crisis, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1.844.287.9072 or visit your nearest health centre.

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