Across Canada, individuals – children, youth and adults – are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and require a variety of supports in terms of health, education and social services. Access to these supports can vary greatly between regions and provinces.
Recognizing these challenges, the federal government has committed to work with provinces, territories, self-advocates, families and stakeholders toward the creation of a national autism strategy.
The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) has been selected by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to lead an assessment to inform the government ahead of the creation of this national strategy. This assessment will also be supported by a significant engagement process.
This consultation will be national, multi-disciplinary, and will focus on three key themes:
- Social inclusion
- Economic inclusion
- Evidence-based interventions.
CAHS’ assessments are formal reports prepared under the direction of an independent Panel, whose members are specifically chosen for their expertise, freedom from real and perceived conflicts of interest, and contributions to a balance of views. The Panel reviews the findings from the assessment and prepares a report which is reviewed independently by external experts, prior to being submitted to PHAC.
Nearly 800 CAHS Fellows are drawn from all disciplines from Canada’s academia, health care and research institutes.
In the past, CAHS has completed assessments on key issues such as:
- Improving the quality of life and care of persons living with dementia and their caregivers;
- Academic recognition of team sciences: how to optimize the Canadian academic System; and
- Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable people living in Canada.
For a full list of our previously completed assessments, please click here.