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Meet the Participants

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Molly

from Whitehorse, YT

“I want to see the world, I have such a big desire to see everything and experience what is out there. I really hope I can do that.”

Meet

Blake

from Port Hastings, NS

“Autism is different for everyone. There are some who are verbal and others who are not, but we all deserve to be treated with respect.”

Meet

Kenza & Karima

from Montréal, QC

“Starting my jewellery business is something I am very proud of. Exhibiting my work has given me so much confidence.”

TJ

Enfield, NS

Daniel & Diego

Whitehorse, YT

Andrew

St. John's, NL

Brendan

Whitehorse, YT

Building Better Supports
For Autistic Canadians

Dr. Stephen W. Scherer

Senior Scientist and Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Dr. Melanie Penner

Developmental Pediatrician and Clinician Scientist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

The Importance of World Autism Month

1 in 66 children and youth in Canada are autistic. We as a country need to build inclusive communities where autistic Canadians can reach their full potential:

  1. Long waitlists for autism assessments and programs across Canada preclude access to needed services and supports.
  2. Support and services vary considerably by region in Canada and can also have long waitlists, as evidenced by the large and steadily growing waitlist for the Needs-based Autism Services in Ontario.
  3. Despite the notable benefits that autistic individuals bring to the workforce, such as consistency, precision, efficiency, and greater attention to detail, to name a few, they represent a largely underutilized talent pool and have worse employment outcomes compared to those without disabilities in Canada.
  4. Stigma surrounding autism plays a significant role in the mental health of caregivers of autistic people, often leaving families feeling isolated.
  5. 63% of parents of autistic children indicated their child's teacher lacked proper training to support autistic students.
  6. April 2nd is a United Nations declared World Autism Awareness Day. Many countries around the world light up their landmarks blue to help increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism.
  7. In 2012, the Canadian Parliament passed the World Autism Awareness Day Act recognizing April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day.

The History of World Autism Month

April is World Autism Month, an annual opportunity for a dedicated conversation about autism spectrum disorder. Autism touches more than 70 million people globally. Approximately 1 in 66 children and youth are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Canada and this number continues to grow.

In 2008, The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day — many countries around the world light up their landmarks blue to help increase understanding and acceptance of people with Autism. In 2012, the Canadian Parliament passed the World Autism Awareness Day Act recognizing April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day.

Join us in celebrating April 2nd and the whole month of April by showing your support.

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Molly

from Yellowknife, YT

“I have had so much support from my mom, she was my voice when I could not find mine, and she taught me how to find it.”

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Molly

from Yellowknife, YT

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Disclaimer: Information provided is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider and does not replace the advice of medical, legal or educational professionals. Autism Speaks Canada does not provide medical or legal advice or services. Rather, Autism Speaks Canada provides general information about autism as a service to the community. The information provided on our website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider and does not replace the advice of medical, legal or educational professionals. Autism Speaks Canada has not validated and is not responsible for any information, events, or services provided by third parties.


Disclaimer: Information provided is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider and does not replace the advice of medical, legal or educational professionals. Autism Speaks Canada does not provide medical or legal advice or services. Rather, Autism Speaks Canada provides general information about autism as a service to the community. The information provided on our website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider and does not replace the advice of medical, legal or educational professionals. Autism Speaks Canada has not validated and is not responsible for any information, events, or services provided by third parties.


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We have a matching donor, your gift will be TRIPLED, up to $50,000! Support us by donating generously to increase understanding and acceptance of autistic people.

Together, let’s create an inclusive Canada where autistic people can reach their full potential.

Endearing family with three autistic children

Your gift gets us one step closer to our vision of a Canada where autistic people can reach their full potential.

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In 2020, Autism Speaks Canada, the McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART) and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) partnered with the intention to uncover the breadth of impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on autistic Canadians and their families.

Our findings highlighted several opportunities to build out supports which would benefit autistic Canadians’ mental health and well being — currently impacted by COVID-19.

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This is where Community Grants comes in

The Autism Speaks Canada Community Grants program is funding evidence-informed projects across the country that support mental health and increase social engagement opportunities for autistic Canadians and their families.

The 2021 program aims to:

  • Respond to current needs and service gaps
  • Expand the capacity of service providers
  • Encourage innovation and replication projects
  • Encourage evidence-based/evidence-informed service delivery
  • Foster collaboration

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