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.

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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.

To learn more, please visit www.autismcanada.org.

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.