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Autism Alliance of Canada-Kids Brain Health Policy Development Practicum Award

Since 2020, Autism Alliance of Canada has partnered with Kids Brain Health Network to host policy fellowships that inform the development of a National Autism Strategy. These fellowships offer graduate students and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to contribute to this critical initiative and gain invaluable experience in community engagement, policy development, and knowledge translation and mobilization.

Fellows will have an opportunity to:

  • Understand the linkages between research and policy by working closely with Autism Alliance of Canada members.
  • Engage in a policymaking process on the priority areas for a National Autism Strategy.
  • Utilize research to improve policy development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including Autistic people, caregivers, service providers, researchers, and policymakers.
  • Expand their professional networks.

2022 Fellows

The current cohort of fellows is working on the development of a Scoping Review of National Autism Strategies that will gather information on national autism strategies from countries that have signed the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This review can inform policy development in Canada and beyond and is part of the Alliance’s International Autism Policy Initiative and the Autism Knowledge Synthesis Initiative in partnership with the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Evidence Alliance of Canada.

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Alexandra Minuk
2022 Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

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Christiane Gwendolin Roth
2022 Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

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Preeti Kar
2022 Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

2021 Fellows

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Hadas Dahary
2021 Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

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Jacalyn Guy
2021 Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

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Jessi Lewis
2021 Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

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Jessica Baraskewich
2021 Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

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Wasan Nagib
2021 Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

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John Sheehan
2021 Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

Headshot of Vanessa Fong

Vanessa Fong
2021 Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

Previous Awardees

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Brittany Finlay
Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

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Daljit Gill-Badesha
Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

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Dr. Stephen Gentles
Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

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Vanessa Tomas
Policy Development Practicum Award Fellow

Applications for our previous fellowships have been successfully closed. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who applied. Keep an eye out for the upcoming round of Fellowship applications – exciting opportunities are on the horizon!

Join us

As a member of Autism Alliance of Canada, you will contribute to enhancing our impact through a strong, unified, collaborative voice.