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


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 below.

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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2021 Autism Direct Funding

The Autism Direct Funding applications for 2021-2022 will be available through our website from January 2, 2021 to January 31, 2021. The funding can be used for children and youth under the age of 18 with an ASD diagnosis to help with costs related to summer camps, respite support, and leisure activities. 

The funding is for programs occurring between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

The application must be completed in full and include where the funding will be used. Incomplete applications will not be considered.