CAHS launches Policy Discussions on Autism

June 17, 2021 – The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences has announced dates for four Policy Discussions on Autism. These sessions will explore key issues and potential policy solutions related to social inclusion, economic inclusion, and interventions.


  • Discussion 1: Social Inclusion

July 19, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm ET

  • Discussion 2: Economic Inclusion

July 19, 3:00 – 5:30 pm ET

  • Discussion 3: Interventions

July 20, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm ET

  • Discussion 4: Overarching issues

July 20, 3:00 – 5:30 pm ET

These three themes – social inclusion, economic inclusion and interventions – were chosen by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The policy discussions follow a broad public consultation where Autistic individuals, family members, supporters and organizations shared a wide range of views around their needs and experiences. This is another opportunity to engage by providing input on possible strategies and approaches. There has been a lot of interest in these sessions and registration is filling up. Registration will close Wednesday, July 14th at midnight ET. Be sure to secure your spot before then! 

The Assessment on Autism committees will select specific issues and potential policy solutions for each discussion. These issues and discussion questions will be shared before the event.

This input is being gathered as part of an assessment on autism that is considering scientific information and also informed by a public engagement process. The assessment will help inform policy makers as they consider the development of a national autism strategy.