Applying for Services & Supports for Children and Youth

Sunbeam Developmental Resource Centre (SDRC) acts as the single point of access to developmental services for children and youth in Waterloo Region. As such, SDRC will collect information and determine eligibility for children and youth under the age of 18 for Ministry of Child, Community & Social Services (MCCSS) funded developmental service programs.

We provide information and assistance in accessing developmental services to parents and care providers of children between the ages of birth and 18 years. We also provide information to community members and professionals regarding developmental supports and services in our regions.

When you contact, we will:

  • Listen to you and your concerns
  • Determine your child’s eligibility for SDRC services
  • Ask questions to ensure that we understand your child’s needs
  • Meet with you  to provide an overview of the services offered through SDRC
  • Provide you with information on community supports and services that may be of assistance to you
  • help to facilitate referrals where appropriate

2023 Autism Direct Funding

The Autism Direct Funding application period for 2022-2023 is now closed.

The Autism Direct Funding applications for 2023-2024 will be available through our website from January 1, 2023 to January 31, 2023. The funding will be for programs occurring between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024.

The funding can be used for children and youth under the age of 18, who live in Waterloo Region, with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis to help with costs related to summer camps, respite support, and leisure activities.


Referrals may come directly from the individual, their family, or a substitute decision maker. Referrals will be accepted on behalf of the person, from a third party, such as a family doctor or service agency, only with a signed ‘Consent to Share Information’ form from an individual adult or a child’s family.

Referral forms may be obtained by contacting the main office of SDRC at 519-741-1121, or by printing the referral package in the link on the right or by completing our new electronic referral form.

Upon receipt of your completed referral forms, an intake worker will arrange an appointment to discuss the referral request in further detail.

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Referral Package

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Electronic Referral Form

Before applying for services, read all the information on the referral form prior to starting. Please only complete the form if the individual is eligible for services.   

Ensure you have the following information ready:

  • Name and date of birth of the individual
  • Contact information for the individual and/or parents/guardians.
  • Documentation that provides an assessment letter/report regarding a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or an Intellectual Disability
  • If you are a service provider, consent from the individual/family to apply for services

For families applying for services, use our parent/guardian referral form.

For service providers applying on behalf of an individual, use this service provider referral form.