- Click here to read the full document: Blueprint for a National Autism Strategy
- Poster Summary: Blueprint for a National Autism Strategy
- Blueprint Slideshow Presentation (in PDF format)
Why Do We Need a Strategy?
Autism is the most common and fastest-growing neurodevelopmental condition in Canada, affecting 1 in 66 Canadians aged 5-17 and an estimated 500,000 people and their families nationwide. Without appropriate supports that fit their needs, autistic individuals and their families see drastically worse health, education, employment and quality of life outcomes. These effects ripple throughout their communities. We need to do better. Read More
The autism community cannot afford to wait any longer. Families are being pushed to the breaking point. Canadians on the Spectrum have a right to equal access to health care and education that meets their needs and to participate fully in society. In April 2019 (World Autism Awareness Month) we launched a revitalized campaign for a National ASD Strategy with a Blueprint for change. The Blueprint outlines areas for federal focus and is the foundation for the Roadmap to a National Autism Strategy of which further delineates a potential timeline for the government to work together with the autism community in developing a Strategy. Read More
What is the Vision of CASDA’s National Autism Strategy?
The Blueprint for a National Autism Strategy is broken down into six key principles and 3 key areas of focus:
The six key principles call for the strategy to be:
- Person-centred, reflecting needs over a spectrum and lifespan.
- Inclusive of pan-Canadian stakeholders.
- Co-designed with first-person perspectives: nothing about us without us.
- Include a separate co-designed Indigenous approach.
- Culturally responsive and appropriate, especially for vulnerable Canadians.
- Reflective of different regional needs, especially northern, rural and remote communities.
The three areas of focus are:
- Federal leadership to guide and encourage coordinated and collective change through pan-Canadian knowledge exchange and dissemination.
- Immediate federal leadership in areas in federal jurisdiction: • affordability and access; • information; • employment; • housing; and • research
- A federal cross-government approach to autism that ensures action is coordinated across ministries, agencies, policies and programs.
The Goal: An Impactful, Measurable, Sustainable National Autism Strategy
With the development of a National Autism Strategy recently being tasked to Minister of Health, Minister Patty Hajdu and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Minister Carla Qualtrough, CASDA is ready to work with government and mobilize experts from across the country to develop a robust NAS that ensures that all autistic Canadians have full and equal access to the resources they require to achieve their full potential. This NAS should have a clear and meaningful vision considering the whole lifespan and spectrum of needs of Canadians on the Autism Spectrum, with special considerations for vulnerable autistic Canadians. Read More
Advocacy Tools and Resources: