Fostering Inclusion: Exploring the Needs of Autistic Adults in Canada – An Autistic-led Survey

Most autism research focuses on children, leaving big gaps in understanding Autistic adults. We need to know more about their lives, how they experience quality of life, independence, daily activities, and feelings of loneliness, mood, and mental health. By better understanding the needs and lived experience of Autistic adults, we can focus research and policy actions on the areas that are most important to this population, in turn improving the lives of Autistic Canadians and their loved ones. Findings from this survey will be used to inform a National Autism Strategy and bring value to policymakers, community leaders, researchers, and advocates.

This initiative marks a significant milestone in our efforts to understand and address the needs of Autistic adults in Canada. It represents the first survey tailored specifically for Autistic adults, with the design and leadership being spearheaded by an Autistic researcher, Dr. Mackenzie Salt, alongside members of the Autistic and autism communities. This collaborative approach underscores the success of community-driven research, showcasing our collective ability to generate evidence that authentically captures the multifaceted experiences within the Autistic community.

We invite you to click on the button below to read the report, “Fostering Inclusion: Exploring the Needs of Autistic Adults in Canada,” to learn how we can better support the health and wellbeing of Autistic adults in this country.