The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences is hosting a series of community conversations on autism. 

To register, please visit https://survey.alchemer-ca.com/s3/50100718/Registration-for-CAHS-Community-Conversations-on-Autism

These conversations are for Autistic people and families, as well as those who support them including organizations, service providers, educators, volunteers and more. This input is being gathered as part of an assessment on autism that will consider scientific information and also be informed by a public engagement process. To learn more about the public engagement process, please visit https://cahs-acss.ca/engagement-process/.

This assessment will be delivered to the Canadian government and used to inform policy makers as they consider the development of a National Autism Strategy. Findings will be available to the public in early 2022. 

21 conversations will take place on Zoom in April and May. Each session is designed to meet the needs of different people and organizations, based on their identity or location. The conversations will follow similar themes being discussed in our Engagement Hub, which is another part of this engagement process.

Below is a list of themes and dates. While you may be interested in multiple sessions, we encourage you to register for one so everyone who is interested can participate:

Please contact us if you have questions or feedback at autism@cahs-acss.ca.

Format:

  • 90-minute Zoom sessions (accessible by phone and web)
  • Conversations will be guided by trained facilitators 
  • Smaller discussions will take place in breakout groups 
  • Sessions will not be recorded and the names of individuals and organizations that participate will not be shared publicly

The conversations will follow these guiding principles:                                                                                                                                                               

  • Ensure participants feel included and valued
  • Create fair, equal opportunities for individuals and groups to participate
  • Use an accessible design that accommodates different abilities, identities and contexts 
  • Embed equitable, trauma-informed and anti-racist practices into the meeting space, communication and facilitation