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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 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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People with Disabilities in Canada One Step Closer to Financial Independence

Today, after tireless advocacy from Canadians living with disabilities Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, received Royal Assent. The Canada Disability Benefit Act creates a new supplemental income for people living with a disability, which seeks to support financial security for a community that is twice as likely to live in poverty. 

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Federal Budget Expands Ready, Willing & Able Across Canada

We are pleased to announce that the national employment program, Ready, Willing and Able (RWA), has secured funding necessary to ensure its continued delivery until at least October 2027. RWA is designed to increase the labour force participation of job seekers with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum.

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Minister Jean-Yves Duclos speaking to CALS participants

Canadian Autism Leadership Summit 2023 Calls for Continued Partnerships & Greater Collaboration Across Jurisdictions

Autism Alliance of Canada hosted the 9th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit (CALS2023), a three-day event that welcomed over 250 Autistic persons, family members, researchers, politicians, service providers and policy makers from across the country. CALS2023 highlighted the importance of listening and learning from a diversity of perspectives, working together to build a solid foundation, and adopting practices from around the globe.

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