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What is the Policy Compendium Tool? | Why was the Policy Compendium Tool Created? | How can the tool be used? | What are my next steps? | Explore Compendium Themes

CASDA’s Policy Compendium Tool: Recommendations for a National Autism Strategy from Community and Stakeholder Engagement

What is the Policy Compendium Tool?

CASDA’s Policy Compendium Tool is a collection of policy briefs with recommendations for a National Autism Strategy. In partnership with the Kids Brain Health Network, we developed these recommendations with stakeholders from across Canada in a series of working groups from April to September 2020.

Why was the Policy Compendium Tool created?

The online tool makes CASDA’s policy work accessible and user-friendly. It assembles and presents recommendations for a National Autism Strategy to a wide range of users – from advocates and families to policy officers and government officials. These recommendations can serve as a resource for stakeholders to engage in conversation about a National Autism Strategy and support efforts to improve the quality of life of Autistic Canadians. The tool offers easy navigation of information organized into the four key themes: Social Inclusion, Economic Inclusion, Evidence-based Interventions, and Governance. Please click on the links to learn more about each theme.

How can the tool be used?

This Policy Compendium Tool can be helpful in your policy work and advocacy. Conversations around policy can often be difficult to access. Whether you wish to deepen your knowledge of current issues faced by Autistic Canadians or want to compare recommendations by theme – the online tool offers lots of information to help you along the way. For each theme, we provide links to the policy brief and summarize key recommendations in ready-to-share social media posts. This information can serve as a starting point for further engagement with community and government partners. Click on each theme below to learn more! 

What are my next steps?

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences is seeking input from Autistic people, families and other supporters about autism. This input is being gathered as part of an assessment on autism that will consider scientific information and also be informed by a public engagement process (that means you!).  The assessment will be delivered to the Canadian government and used to inform policymakers as they consider the development of a National Autism Strategy.

Here’s how you can  join the conversation on guiding the development of a National Autism Strategy:

  • If you are an Autistic person, have an Autistic family member or provide support to Autistic people and their families, visit the CAHS Engagement Hub.
  • On the CAHS Engagement Hub, you can take a survey, post ideas, or join a discussion to share your views on autism.
  • CASDA can help you with this engagement process! Conversations around policy can often be difficult to access. This is why at CASDA, we provide you informed policy content that you can use (copy, paste, edit, share) when engaging with this consultation process.
    • Click on any of the themes below and feel free to browse and use any content that speaks to you as submit your input on the CAHS Engagement Hub.
  • Your perspective matters. Make sure to share your thoughts and ideas on the CAHS Engagement Hub before the deadline!  

Explore Compendium Themes

Click here for CASDA’s full social media toolkit.

Click here for more information about the KBHN-CASDA working groups.  

Click here for a PDF version of the Policy Compendium.

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