Keynotes

This presentation will provide an update on the “Pathways in ASD” study, the largest autism follow-up study in the world. The “Pathways in ASD” research team will discuss evidence on the individual, family, community, and services factors that influence the developmental pathways in autistic children/youth from across 5 Canadian provinces.


Lonnie Zwaigenbaum and Jessica Brian will be highlighting key points from the guidelines issued by the Canadian Pediatric Society related to detection of early signs of autism, approaches to diagnostic assessment, and medical follow-up. These statements were developed by an interdisciplinary group which included representation from CASDA. The presentation will highlight how theses guidelines can inform practice across diverse community contexts in Canada, and what the recommendations mean for families, clinicians and policy makers.

IGNITE Speakers and Panel

Below is a list of talks, ordered alphabetically, that will be presenting at the Summit. To view their biographies click on this link here.

  • Addressing Disparities in a National Autism Strategy: An Equity Lens (Panel) – Janet McLaughlin, Bonnie Brayton, Denise McKee, Neil Belanger, Shivajan Sivapalan, and a representative from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation
  • Autistic Adults on the National Autism Strategy – Elsbeth Dodman
  • Building Partners within Your Community – Terry Batley
  • Employable Me – What We Learned – Penny Wheelwright and Katie Lafferty
  • Exploring unique barriers that autistic women/non-binary individuals encounter when navigating employment – Autism Women & Non-Binary Network of Edmonton
  • Maintaining Momentum: Improving the Odds for Employment Success -Tanya McLeod
  • Moving Forward Together: Development of a Pan-Canadian Strategy for Disability and Work – Emile Tompa and Maureen Haan
  • Spectrum Freelance Creative Network Project – Dan Ten Veen
  • Parent Implemented Models of Autism Early Intervention: Implications for Public Policy and Practice in Canada – Cindy Harrison
  • Family Services Community Grants: Achieving More Together – Kathi Cosgrove
  • The Preschool Autism Treatment Impact Study: A tale of two provinces – Isabel Smith
  • The Transforming Autism Care Consortium: Advancing Discovery, Training, and Community Integration – Mayada Elsabbagh and Anna Katalifos

Poster Presenters (coming soon!)