The Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu, is announced an investment of $1.46 million for the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) to lead consultations for the development of the National Autism Strategy.
The CAHS is a charitable, not-for-profit and neutral organization that conducts research, engagement and develops evidenced-based conclusions on a range of complex health and health-related issues of importance to Canadians.
The Government of Canada is committed to improving the health and well-being of children and adults with autism and to supporting parents and caregivers. The Government of Canada will work collaboratively with provinces, territories and stakeholders toward the creation of a National Autism Strategy.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is engaging the CAHS to lead a broad and inclusive consultation process for the development of a National Autism Strategy that will consider a wide range of views and evidence-based information that will form the basis of the Strategy and that are of importance to autistic individuals, their families, caregivers and stakeholders.
“As we work toward the creation of the National Autism Strategy, we are striving to examine the many aspects of autism across the life course in a way that resonates with all people with autism and their families. The consultation process will examine a range of issues aimed at ensuring the achievement of social and economic inclusion, and evidence-based interventions for Canadians with autism.” said Patty Hajdu.
“This is an important investment in our work to continue improving the health and wellbeing of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We know that by working with provinces, territories, families and the disability community we can create a strong national autism strategy that will help Canadians living with ASD, their families and caregivers. I look forward to participating in these important discussions and to building on our work to create a disability inclusive Canada.” said Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion.
“Together with stakeholders, our Fellows will provide evidence-based information to help the government fulfill its plan to develop a National Autism Strategy. We look forward to working with the autism community on this important initiative.” said Dr. Chris Simpson, President, Canadian Academy of Health Science.