Our Advocacy

What is Advocacy?

Through advocacy we aim to influence the community, government, businesses, and organizations to adapt policies, practices and attitudes that affect those on the spectrum. Our vision is a province where people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families are valued and respected, and where they receive services and supports based on their individualized differences, needs and preferences. Not only do we work for systemic change through larger scale advocacy efforts, we also work with families and adults on the spectrum to develop their self-advocacy skills and, when needed, we advocate on behalf of individuals and families.

Recent Initiatives

Panel on Residential Options for Those on the Autism Spectrum

Full video of panel available here
Summary Report Following Discussion Panel on Residential Options for Those on the Autism Spectrum

Province Wide Needs Assessment

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. The goal of this project was to hear from the community and identify where our advocacy needed to focus to improve the lives of those on the spectrum. The report was completed in October 2015 and publicly released on March 16, 2016. The full report is available here

Position Statement Booklets

It’s Time 2016 Position Statements here
Where We Stand 2014 Position Statements here

Election Advocacy

During the 2015 Provincial Election we took a planned approach to raising awareness about key issues affecting individuals and families impacted by ASD. You can see that campaign here

National Advocacy

We are members of the Autism Canada Provincial and Territorial Council and work with other member organizations to advocate for and support Canadians with Autism and their families on the national stage. We are also members of the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance . CASDA is a coalition of organizations and individuals developing a comprehensive National ASD Framework. It is committed to ensuring the implementation of a comprehensive National ASD Strategy that addresses critical gaps in funding and policies, which are preventing individuals with ASD and their families from exercising their equal rights as Canadians.