On May 10, 2022, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) released its highly anticipated report Autism in Canada: Considerations for future public policy development – weaving together evidence and lived experience.

Over a 19-month period, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences conducted an arms-length assessment on autism on the themes of Diversity, Social Inclusion, Diagnosis, Supports, and Services, and Economic Inclusion.

The conclusion of the 412-page report is that:

“This assessment highlighted the breadth and complexity of needs of Autistic people and their families. Sustainable and efficient health and social care systems can flexibly address the broad range of needs of this growing population. Such system change is likely only possible through ongoing collaboration amongst all levels of government and Autistic people and their families.”

The report provides important information for the Federal government to continue its work on the promised National Autism Strategy.

To read the report in full, click on next word, Report.

If you don’t want to read through the entire 412 pages, happily, CAHS also released a brief summary of the report (11 pages) and an easy-to-read version of the summary.

To access the summary, click on next word, Summary

To access the easy read version of the summary, click on Easy to Read

CAHS also released a stakeholder engagement report which you can read by clicking on the next word, Stakeholder

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