Trait d'Union Outaouais Inc.
819 595-1290 | Toll free : 1-866-355-8864
109, rue Wright – local 104, Gatineau (Québec) J8X 2G7

Services for Families

Trait d’Union Outaouais Inc. (TUOI) provides a range of services to its Member Families:


Please Note: To access services and take part in activities, families must submit a request for access. Proof of diagnosis is required.


RAVIS Respite Fridays

RAVIS Fridays is a weekly respite service that allows parents to have a bit of time to themselves, while the children enjoy a fun evening at TUOI. Services are provided by qualified educators. Activities provided for the children include crafts, drawing, treasure hunts, etc.


  • Friday evenings from 5 to 9 PM (except during summer and Christmas holidays)

How much?

  • $10 per family for caretaking services;
  • $5 per child for meal costs (optional);
  • The maximum cost is $20 per family.

Weekend Respite Service for Families with Teens and Adults: NEW!

The purpose of this service is to offer some respite to TUOI member families with a child of 14 years or over. During the weekend, parents can take a bit of time for themselves, while their child enjoys a stay in an adapted home environment, including bedrooms, kitchen, living room and safe outdoor yard. Weekend residents benefit from constant supervision with TUOI staff, under the responsibility of a coordinator.

The service is available one weekend per month, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, and is offered on-site at the CISSS de l’Outaouais, 200 Robert-Wright St. (Aylmer).


  • $100/weekend


  • Starting in fall 2018

For more information or to register for this service, please write to

Our coordinator will confirm that you are a current member of TUOI and send you an information document, and forms to complete. You will then be asked to make an appointment for a telephone interview.

Once your registration is completed, you can select your preferences for reservation in the calendar of respite weekends by completing the form.

Themed Activities

Themed activities are designed to help parents learn more about a topic related to autism. Topics are always picked according to requests from parents that are members of TUOI.

During these activities, parents acquire knowledge that will help them gain greater confidence and be better equipped to face various challenges. Care services may be offered on the premises to parents that are members of TUOI, depending on available human resources.

To view the schedule and topics of our themed activities, please refer to our Calendar.

Parent groups

Meetings for parents are held once a month on a Friday night, as an opportunity to share their experiences with others who are in a similar situation. Two types of events alternate for parents of children of any age: the first type is social events, and the second is a support group with a field worker, for parents of children with classic autism or with an Asperger type profile. Parents are welcome to join according to their needs and availability. Please refer to our calendar for programming details.

Time for Family

Time for Family are get-togethers organized by TUOI approximately three times a year. These events bring together families to spend some good times while enjoying a social, cultural or recreational activity.

During this time, educators care for the children, and parents can relax, meet other families, watch the educators in action, learn a few tips, and allow siblings to meet other children who may be experiencing similar experiences.

Watch for these events on our Calendar or follow us on Facebook to learn more about dates and locations of Time for Family events.

Support for families hiring self-employed workers

An information package is available for parents who wish to hire self-employed workers for respite, child care or community outings with children, teenagers or adults on the Autism Spectrum. The package includes tools and information that will help them identify their needs, a list of recruitment resources, and advice to help them prepare for the worker’s arrival. A list of people who have completed ASD training through the “Autism Friendly” Program (Self-employed worker branch) is also available. We will be the “trait d’union” – the link – between the parent of the child with autism and the self-employed worker who is “Autism Friendly”.

Please note that certain costs related to hiring these self-employed workers may qualify for financial help offered by CISSSO or TUOI. Parent members who would like more information or would like to receive the “Autism Friendly Self-employed Workers” information package can write to or leave a message at 819-595-1290, ext. 41.


Inclusion Support for Recreational Activities in the Community

A free information kit is available for parents who wish to register their autistic child in recreational activities offered by the city of Gatineau or other organizations in the region. Designed through the Autism-Friendly Program, the kit contains multiple tools to help parents pick an appropriate recreational activity and provide follow-up support.

Interested parents can obtain a kit from TUOI by writing to:

Calendar of family activities sector

To see the calendar, click here

Financial Aids

Financial Aid – Care and Respite

Financial Aid – Private Professional Services