Advocacy is the process by which Autism Society, Newfoundland Labrador, aims to influence public policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy initiatives during the year include many activities: campaigns using various media, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research, presenting briefs, multiple meetings with government Ministers and officials, and lobbying directly with MHA’s on key issues affecting the autism community. Increased use is being made of social media to get our message out to the public and better facilitate engagement and collective action.

In 2015, a team of researchers based at MUN, conducted interviews and surveys with self-advocates, caregivers, educators, health care practitioners and key decision makers to help identify gaps in service in our province. The report was completed in October 2015 and publicly released on March 16, 2016. The full report is available here

Based on the findings from the Need Assessment Survey, we updated our position statement booklet now titled: ‘It’s Time’. The entire document, including an overview of each issue, our position and recommendations is available here