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New Ontario Working Group to Address Mental Health and Autism in Adults.
CAMH Press Release: While more than 93,000 adults in Ontario are affected by the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), many go undiagnosed for far too long. Without appropriate diagnostic and mental health services, many of these adults suffer in isolation. To address this emerging issue, care providers from across Ontario have joined together to create the Ontario Working Group on Mental Health and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. [Read More]
Autism Society Canada's Statement on Latest Estimated Prevalence Rates of ASD — June 2014
According to the latest estimates (March 2014) of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) 1 in every 68 children is born with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This results in approximately 515,000 Canadians living with an ASD. This figure does not account for the numerous family members and caregivers whose lives are impacted by autism ... [View PDF]
The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance National Needs Assessment Survey for Autism
1400 people across Canada have already been heard!If you are a person affected by autism—a parent, a caregiver, a professional, or you live with autism—please spend 10-15 minutes to complete the National Needs Assessment Survey for Autism.
Make sure to detail all the gaps in services and areas where you feel more support is needed. Let’s make it count!
The survey is funded by Health Canada and will give us a picture of autism in Canada.
Canada Needs National Autism Strategy. Corey Allen, University of British Columbia News, March 31, 2014: Canada needs to re-think how it diagnoses and treats autism, says UBC’s Pat Mirenda.
5 Common Misconceptions about Autism. David Kates, Canada.com, April 2, 2014: Autism spectrum disorder is as pervasive as it is vexing: a recent Health Canada estimate suggested that 1 in 150-160 children have autism, while another recent study suggests as many as 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have autism – a growing number largely attributable to ongoing changes in how the condition is identified, classified and diagnosed.
Opinion: Autism Families are Still in Crisis. Jim Munson, Ottawa Citizen, March 31, 2014: We will mark World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 ... Last month, a select committee of the Ontario Legislative Assembly published an interim report on developmental services in Ontario. The final recommendations will be submitted to the Ontario government in May.
Ontario's Autism Spectrum Agencies Welcome Federal Investment in the Working Lives of Youth and Adults [PDF]. Press Release, The Redpath Centre, Kerry's Place: Autism Services, Autism Ontario, February 12, 2014: In the release of the federal budget yesterday by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, there was a surprise but welcome offering for youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Canada.
Job Training for Canadians with Intellectual Disabilities gets Boost in Federal Budget. Alex Boutiller, Joel Eastwood, thestar.com, February 11, 2014: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's budget has small boosts for training programs helping Canadians with intellectual disabilities get to work.