The Policy Compendium: The Development of a National Autism Strategy through Community and Stakeholder Engagement is now available as an online tool (below).

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) has been mandated to establish a structured process aimed at informing the government’s national policy on autism. 

We have created this tool to equip and empower you to participate in guiding the development of a National Autism Strategy based on recent stakeholder engagement sessions (click here for details and for the full policy compendium).

We have organized the policy brief recommendations into the three key themes selected by CAHS: Social Inclusion, Economic Inclusion, and Evidence-based Interventions. We also took the liberty of adding a fourth theme to ensure no recommendation was lost: Governance of the National Autism Strategy. 

A clear structure and timeline has been set for the CAHS autism policy process:

  • An oversight panel has been assembled and tasked with asking questions and looking for answers to those questions through consultations and research.
  • Three working groups will be supporting this work. Each group will prepare reports for the oversight committee to synthesize into a final report.
  • This consultation process is scheduled to be completed for January 2022.

Starting in Winter 2021 , the first series of consultations will occur. Simultaneously, the working groups will carry out research, which will inform the consultations. In the Spring, the first round will be synthesized and returned for your feedback. Then, a second round of consultations will occur during the Summer. After that, the working groups will write their reports and submit it to the oversight panel. The oversight panel will have their final report ready by January 2022.

There are a few ways to be involved:

1) In the coming months, there will be separate meetings with organizations in each province and territory, at the national level, and also for the public.

2) A polling firm will set up a broad survey for the general public, service providers, parents, autistic people.

3) Focus groups will be set up online for asynchronous discussions akin to discussion/bulletin boards alongside general feedback on a website that is being developed.

4) Lastly, stakeholders will be invited to help the working groups do a deep dive into specific issues. There will be transparency in who is invited to these consultations.

At this time, if you would like to send content information for the consultation process, to ensure the entire process receives the same information, please reach out to the whole panel by emailing autism@cahs-acss.ca and not individual members of the committee. That way, the entire committee receives your submission and suggestions.

We have created an online tool that makes our policy compendium more accessible. The online tool compiles all of the recommendations collected from the KBHN-CASDA working groups. Click the button below to access this online tool.