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Minister of Health issues $10 million for AIDE Network

AIDE to improve access to information and support for families and individuals on the autism spectrum.

October 25, 2018 – TORONTO, Ontario – 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.

“Providing access to resources for families and individuals living on the autism spectrum is of paramount importance.  This is a step in the right direction, but there is much work to be done.  Now that the funds have been delivered, that work can begin,” says Autism Canada Board Chair Dermot Cleary.  “Autism Canada looks forward to working with the Pacific Autism Family Network and Miriam Foundation to contribute to the AIDE initiative to the benefit the autism community nationally.”

Autism Canada’s Autism Junction, Canada’s largest online autism service directory has over 800 resources and is accessed by over 30,000 people per year.  It provides free access to credible and relevant information to the autism community.

One in 66 Canadian children and youth, aged 5 to 17 years, are on the autism spectrum.  Families and individuals living with autism face challenges accessing information and services and long wait times that often delay the start of critical interventions.


About Autism Canada

Autism Canada is the only autism advocacy organization with a national perspective on the issues currently facing those with autism spectrum disorder, their families and other stakeholders. We work collaboratively to share expertise, build consensus and help inform public policy and research. In addition to encouraging the sharing of best practices across provincial and territorial boundaries, Autism Canada actively promotes national dialogue on the most effective strategies for building equitable access to funding and services.

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About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or autism, is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder causing most individuals to experience communication problems, difficulty with social interactions and a tendency to repeat specific patterns of behaviour. There is also a markedly restricted repertoire of activities and interests.  With an estimated 1 in 66 children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it is the most commonly diagnosed neurodevelopmental condition.

Past News Updates:

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]

National Autism Organizations Unite. October 5, 2015: Canada’s large and growing autism population has lacked a strong united national voice for many years. [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.

Autism Canada supports the Liberal Party of Canada’s resolution on evidence based early intervention for individuals living with autism spectrum disorders. November 4, 2016.

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.