A tribute to Cynthia Carroll

As Cynthia Carroll moves on to a new professional challenge, leaving Autism Nova Scotia and joining the government of Nova Scotia’s public service, we at Autism Alliance of Canada take this moment to recognize her tremendous contributions to the many successes of Autism Alliance of Canada (formerly known as CASDA) and her leading by example.

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Photo du 10e Sommet canadien du leadership en autisme : les participants et les participantes écoutent le discours d'ouverture du premier jour.

10th Summit Brings Together Canada’s Leading Autism Advocates and Experts, United in Their Call for a National Autism Strategy

Autism Alliance of Canada hosted the 10th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit (CALS2024), a three-day event that welcomed Autistic persons, family members, researchers, politicians, service providers and policy makers from across the country. CALS2024 focused on informing policies that addresses the diverse needs of Autistic people and their families, implementing policies, programs, services and supports with the potential to strengthen the impact of the National Autism Strategy and innovating through the valuable processes, promising and emerging practices, ideas, and research that can advance our collective work.

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Logos of the members of the National Disability Network

Joint Statement from National Disability Network’s Response to Budget 2024

Today, the National Disability Network expresses its disappointment in Budget 2024’s underwhelming investment of $6 a day for people with disabilities. Tuesday’s budget announced funding for the Canada Disability Benefit—a maximum annual amount of $2,400 or $200 per month.  The National Disability Network had advocated for an adequate investment to the Canada Disability Benefit based on the recommendations proposed by the Parliamentary Budget Office. Reaction from the disability community has been unanimous that this initial investment creates little impact for removing people with disabilities from poverty. It does not consider the official poverty line nor the unique costs of living as a person with a disability. It simply is not enough.

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CALS2023 participants gathered in a Hall

A Better Way Forward

Since the Government of Canada announced its commitment to creating a National Autism Strategy, Autism Alliance of Canada has engaged in meaningful work in the autism and disability sectors, at the national, provincial/territorial and local levels. Our process supports robust collaboration, partnerships and member engagement to promote inclusion for Autistic people in Canada and their loved ones.

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A Global Discussion on National Autism Strategies Brings Lived Experience to the Forefront

At the United Nations’ 16th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP16), an esteemed group of diverse panelists shared insights to build a more comprehensive and effective global approach to supporting Autistic people and promoting their full participation in all aspects of society.

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National Autism Network

National Consultation Announcement: Informing the Development of a National Autism Network

Autism Alliance of Canada would like to share that an important step towards advancing Canada’s National Autism Strategy is now underway. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reached out to Autism Alliance of Canada, the Pacific Autism Family Network and Autism Speaks Canada to collaborate in outlining plans for a National Autism Network to help action the national strategy.

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