National autism strategy
Learn about Canada’s national autism strategy and the existing federal initiatives to support the community.
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National autism strategy updates
The Government of Canada is committed to improving the health and well-being of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and to supporting caregivers. We’re also committed to working collaboratively with provinces, territories, families, individuals with ASD, and stakeholders toward the creation of a national autism strategy.
- inform the development of the strategy
- make sure it’s responsive to the needs of the autism community
The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences will lead this process, and is a neutral, independent, not-for-profit that:
- conducts research and engagement
- develops evidenced-based conclusions on a range of complex health and health-related issues of importance to Canadians
The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences will consult and engage with:
- autistic Canadians
Existing federal initiatives
Addressing the complex and diverse needs of individuals with ASD and their families/caregivers requires a coordinated effort with all levels of government. The following information outlines other Government of Canada initiatives that benefit people with ASD.
Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Knowledge Exchange Network (AIDE Canada)
AIDE Canada provides people with ASD and their families/caregivers with access to:
- online resources
- local programming
- employment opportunities
- an inventory of services and supports
In addition, 6 AIDE Canada locations across the country provide a place to access resources and supports in person.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Fund
This fund is providing $9.1 million over 5 years for community-based projects that support people with ASD, their families/caregivers and communities by:
- addressing needs across the life course
- focusing on times of transition from youth to adult and from adult to senior
- pursuing innovative and community-based program models
- integrating health, social and educational components
Employment and Social Development Canada
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