Governments enhance Autism program
April 5, 2019
Global Korean Post
April 2nd, 2019 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day when we come together to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
ASD affects an estimated 1 in 66 Canadian children and youth aged 5-17 and can have significant and lifelong impacts on individuals living with the disorder, as well as their families and caregivers.
The Government of Canada announced support for the first wave of projects that will be funded through the ASD Strategic Fund. This fund supports innovative community-based projects that provide opportunities for Canadians living with autism and their families and caregivers to gain knowledge, access resources and develop skills that can help them address the challenges of ASD.
Starting in May 2019, Ontario’s government will engage in public consultations through an online survey and telephone town halls. These consultations will help inform how our government can better support children and youth with autism who have complex needs, including through additional direct funding.
A new advisory panel will be made up of parents with lived experience, autistic adults and experts from a range of disciplines like psychology, behavioural analysis, rehabilitation services, education, developmental pediatrics and research.
The panel will review the results of the survey and telephone town halls. It will put forward its advice later this summer on a new needs assessment process as well as an approach to provide support through Childhood Budgets, one that is responsive to children’s abilities and needs to improve their long-term outcomes.