Dr. Mackenzie Salt Receiving Funding for a National Needs Assessment for Canadian Autistic Adults

We are excited to share the incredible news that at the 2023 Canadian Autism Leadership Summit, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health announced $214,883 in funding for a project to create and distribute a national needs assessment survey for Autistic adults!

This research project is led by MacART member Dr. Mackenzie Salt in collaboration with the Autism Alliance of Canada, and in partnership with the Sinneave Family Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Azrieli Foundation, as well as MacART and the Canadian Journal of Autism Equity.

With this funding, the Autism Alliance of Canada will develop a survey that will include questions about factors affecting quality of life such as employment, social relationships, health, and daily living. The survey findings will be used to inform a National Autism Strategy. The survey data will also be made publicly available for other researchers, service organizations, and policymakers to use to assist with the development of policies, services, and research projects that directly address identified needs of Autistic adults in Canada.

Dr. Salt, an Autistic adult himself, codesigned the survey with 10 other Autistic adults, making this a project by Autistics for Autistics. Dr. Salt said, “This is a perfect opportunity for Autistic adults to be able to inform the development of policy that will affect us, and for our experiences and perspectives to be heard by the federal government.”   

For more information, please see the Public Health Agency of Canada’s official news release

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, speaking with Dr. Mackenzie Salt and Dr. Jonathan Lai.
Dr. Mackenzie Salt (pictured: right) and Dr. Jonathan Lai (pictured: middle) speaking with the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health (pictured: left)

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