The federal government has committed to work with provinces, territories, self-advocates, families and stakeholders toward the creation of a National Autism Strategy. The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) has been selected by the Public Health Agency of Canada to conduct an autism assessment that will inform the government ahead of the creation of this national strategy. This process will involve significant engagement and participation from autistic individuals, families, stakeholders and key national, local and grassroots organizations to support consultation on a wide range of issues including economic inclusion (in particular employment and housing), social inclusion, and evidence-based intervention and therapies.
An Oversight Panel and three Working Groups have been developed to provide leadership for this assessment, and are made up of autistic adults, parents, clinicians, and researchers. The Oversight Panel’s work will be supported by the Working Groups that will focus on:
MacART Co-Director Stelios Georgiades has been named Vice Chair to the Evidence-Based Interventions Working Group, and is also an Oversight Panel member. Congratulations to Stelios on his appointment to the panel – we look forward to seeing the feedback gathered from this important work!