Privacy Policy

York Autism Centre Inc. operating as Making Small Talk respects your privacy. We protect your personal information and adhere to all legislative requirements. We do not rent, sell or trade our mailing lists. The information you provide to us will be used to keep you informed about our activities, including programs and services and any other activity when applicable. If at any time you wish to stop receiving this information, simply contact us at 1-855-678-4424 or via e-mail at

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Privacy Policy

At York Autism Centre Inc. (“Y.A.C”), we recognize the importance of privacy and are committed to maintaining the accuracy, confidentiality and security of your personal information. This privacy policy describes the personal information that Y.A.C collects and how we manage that information and the circumstances under which we may disclose that information. 

York Autism Centre Inc.’s privacy policy meets all the requirements of applicable privacy legislation. As this policy is subject to change due to legal and regulatory requirements, we encourage you to periodically check our website for updates to this policy. 

Defining personal information

Personal information is defined as any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual. Exceptions to this are business contact information and certain publicly available information, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers published in telephone directories. 

Where an individual uses home contact information as their business contact information, it is considered that the contact information provided is business contact information and is not subject to protection as personal information. 

Privacy Practices

Personal information gathered by our organization is kept in confidence. Our personnel are authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason(s) for which it was obtained. Safeguards are in place to ensure that the information is not disclosed or shared more widely than is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was gathered. We also take measures to ensure the integrity of this information is maintained and to prevent its being lost or destroyed.

We collect, use and disclose personal information only for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in light of the circumstances. We routinely offer individuals we deal with the opportunity to opt not to have their information shared for purposes beyond those for which it was explicitly collected. 

York Autism Centre Inc. uses your personal information to respond to requests for services and information, and to keep you informed about Y.A.C activities and services. 

Your provision of personal information to York Autism Centre Inc. means that you agree that we may collect, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with this privacy policy. If you do not agree with these terms, please do not provide any personal information to the Centre. Failure to provide your personal information to York Autism Centre Inc. may prevent us from offering you the services and/or programs you have requested. You can withdraw your consent at any time (unless withdrawing the consent would prevent the performance of our or your legal obligations) upon providing us with written notice. However, the withdrawal of your consent may prevent us from serving you and impact on our ability to maintain a relationship with you. 

York Autism Centre Inc. aims to ensure that any personal information provided is accurate, complete and current as required for the purposes for which the information is used. We will make available to you any specific Personal Information about you that we have collected, utilized or disclosed, upon your written request. 

Some of the information York Autism Centre Inc. collects is needed in order to satisfy the requirements of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). There are also circumstances where the use and/or disclosure of personal information is justified or permitted without consent. These circumstances may include: 

Where required by law or by order or requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental tribunal. 
Where York Autism Centre Inc. believes, upon reasonable grounds, that it is necessary to protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of an identifiable person or group
Where the information is public

Retention of personal information

York Autism Centre Inc. keeps personal information only as long as it is required for the reasons it was collected. The length of time we retain information varies, depending on the program, service or event and the nature of the information. The retention period may extend beyond your relationship with us. When your personal information is no longer required for York Autism Centre Inc. purposes, the information is either physically destroyed or deleted. 

Website and Electronic Commerce

We use password protocols, encryption software and a server with firewalls to protect personal and other information we receive. Also we will use password protocols, encryption software firewalls to protect personal information when a donation, product or service is requested and/or paid for online. Our software is routinely updated to maximize protection of such information. 

We do track general information on visits to our website to better understand and to improve the information users are accessing. This information may include numbers of visitors to the site and to specific pages, referring websites, length of time on the site and more. No personal information is collected. 

Links to other websites from
York Autism Centre Inc. provides links to other websites which the Y.A.C believes may be of interest to you. As York Autism Centre Inc. has no control over the content of any of these websites, these links may be updated or deleted as the Y.A.C deems appropriate. 

Please be aware that York Autism Centre Inc. is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites that we link to. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every website that requests personal information from you. 

Contact Information

Questions about York Autism Centre Inc.’s privacy policy or the treatment of personal information should be e-mailed to info@makingsmalltalk.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Or they can be directed by phone at 1-855-678-4424. 

We may also use the information you provide to us in the following ways: to assist in the development of new programs, events and services to provide information about our programs and services for internal research purposes to comply with legal requirements.