Autism Canada announces New Executive DirectorAutism Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Colero as the Executive Director of the organization as of March 11, 2019. This appointment follows the retirement of Laurie Mawlam, who has provided leadership, direction and inspiration to Autism Canada for over 20 years.
Michelle has over 20 years of experience in delivering mold-breaking campaigns and strategies for local, national and international conservation, education, health and social service charities. She brings a diverse background that includes experience infundraising, program and project management, strategic planning, non-profit volunteering as well as financial administration.
For the last 10 years, Michelle has volunteered her time to the Friends of Wellers Bay as a member of the Executive Committee for this wildlife conservation organization. Michelle is multilingual, with languages including American Sign Language (ASL), English and Spanish. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys yoga and frequent travels to often remote locations in Latin America where she works with conservation groups in the protection of endangered species.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, and is currently pursuing her MBA.
Please join us in welcoming Michelle into this role.
Past News Updates:
Minister of Health, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, announced Tuesday that $10 million has now been made available to the Pacific Autism Family Network and the Miriam Foundation to develop the Autism-Intellectual-Developmental Disabilities National Resource and Exchange (AIDE) Network. This funding was part of the $20 million committed to autism-related issues over the next five years, announced in Budget 2018 by the Government of Canada in February of this year.
Autism Canada to develop national education program for Search and Rescue and emergency responders. October 15, 2018 (Toronto, ON) – Autism Canada announced today it will develop a national education program for Search and Rescue and first responders
First-of-its-kind nationwide program launched to help those with autism to communicate effectively in an emergency. April 10, 2018: Autism Canada and MedicAlert Foundation Canada team up to launch MedicAlert Autism Program.
Autism Canada releases comprehensive new report on Aging and Autism. Toronto, April 4, 2018: Autism Canada is pleased to release a comprehensive report today on aging and autism.
One in 66 Canadian children and youth are on the autism spectrum. March 29, 2018: New data underscores the urgent need for services and a synchronized national strategy.
Equitable access to tax fairness for Canada’s autism community. February 1, 2018: Autism Canada is calling on the federal government to take action on the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), including the creation of a clear, transparent and informed application, review and appeal process.
Autism Canada calls for greater equity and transparency in Disability Tax Credit procedures. November 30, 2017: Autism Canada is calling on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to apply the existing criteria for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) equally, consistently and transparently across the board for all applications.
Senators request a meeting with the Prime Minister and Minister of Health on Autism. Senate of Canada, November 1, 2017: Open letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health.
Autism Canada rejects Canadian Autism Partnership Project. June 27, 2017: National advocacy organization calls for an actionable plan that provides equitable access to evidence-based treatments for all Canadians. [en français]
Summary Report – Aging and Autism: A Think Tank Round Table. October 2017: Autism in Later Life: A Think Tank on the Effects of Aging on the Autism Spectrum.
Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, February 1, 2018: Equitable Access to Tax Fairness for the Autism Community.
Five things journalists should keep in mind when writing about autism. October 14, 2016: Media stories that get it wrong can contribute to how others perceive those with autism – and even perpetuate potentially dangerous stereotypes.
Why universal screening for autism is a good idea. April 23, 2016: We don’t want to see Canadian children reaching school age before being identified as having autism. But that is precisely what is happening too often already.