World Autism Day is an annual opportunity for a dedicated conversation about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which touches more than 70 million people globally. Approximately one out of every 66 children and youth is diagnosed with ASD in Canada and this number continues to grow.
Over the last year, we have hosted monthly workshops about the journey through a new autism diagnosis (‘One Step at a Time’), supported families through an autism assessment at our Diagnostic Autism Clinical Services (DACS) and partnered with the York Simcoe Autism Network (YSAN) to provide intake for the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Caregiver Mediated Early Years and Entry to School programs. CTN also launched the OAP Urgent Response Services initiative for time-limited service based on high risk factors.
As part of our ongoing commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, CTN once again partnered with South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC) for the creation of another “Towards Cultural Competence” toolkit that will be shared in April to provide support for clinicians working with Mandarin, Cantonese and Tagalog speaking clients and families.
Our recognition of World Autism Day aligns with CTN’s vision of creating a vibrant community where all kids, youth and families belong by providing an opportunity for a conversation and celebration of autism throughout the year. This year we “Celebrate the Spectrum” for World Autism Day by acknowledging the unique nature of each person with ASD and focusing on creating more inclusive spaces and communities and celebrating the neurodiversity of the kids and youth we serve at CTN.
Celebrating the Spectrum is also about celebrating the uniqueness of autistic people without trying to change who they are – this is autism acceptance. One of the best ways to understand is by listening to the voices of autistic people on social media, reading books by autistic authors or following the hashtag #AskingAutistics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. Follow our community partners at Autism Ontario to see all the ways they plan to "Celebrate the Spectrum" this month.
Here are some of our favourite links to information, autistic podcasts, articles, books and videos:
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