The Blueprint for a National Autism Strategy was developed in March 2019 by Autism Alliance of Canada (formerly the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance—CASDA) as a policy brief to guide the federal government on how to lead a National Autism Strategy.
This policy brief provides a blueprint for how to move forward with federal leadership to improve the lives of Autistic people and their families.
The Blueprint for a National Autism Strategy is broken down into six key principles and 3 key areas of focus:
The six key principles of a National Autism Strategy, as outlined in the Blueprint:
- Must have Autistic people at the forefront of the design: Nothing About Us Without Us.
- Must be person-centered: Reflecting needs over a spectrum and throughout the lifespan.
- Must be Inclusive of pan-Canadian stakeholders.
- Must include a separate co-designed Indigenous approach.
- Must be culturally responsive and appropriate, especially for vulnerable populations living in Canada
- Must be reflective of different regional needs, especially northern, rural and remote communities.
The three key areas of focus of a National Autism Strategy, as outlined in the Blueprint:
- Pan-Canadian collaboration: Federal leadership to guide and encourage coordinated and collective change through pan-Canadian knowledge exchange and dissemination.
- Immediate action on priority areas of jurisdictional responsibility:
- Affordability and access
- An integrated cross-departmental federal government approach to autism that ensures action is coordinated across ministries, agencies, policies and programs.