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Posted 10.03.23 in NewsBack

October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada, a perfect opportunity to think about why awareness is important.   

What is Autism? Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental disability characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.  About 1 in every 50 Canadian children and adolescents has been diagnosed with autism, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

Certainly, there is a general awareness of Autism and neurodiversity in Canada, so what are we hoping to accomplish with a month dedicated to Autism Awareness?   

Awareness is simply a step that helps to start conversation and open minds. Awareness brings acceptance, equity, access and empowerment.  

People with Autism are individuals with their own unique gifts and challenges, needs and wants, strengths and weaknesses.  It is important that we are aware of and celebrate everyone’s individuality, so we can accept people for who they are and help them grow. As an Agency working with people with Autism, awareness helps us to advocate on an individual or family’s behalf to strive for equity, to provide access to important resources, and to empower them to live their best life. 

At Hands, we are proud to bring 25 years of advocacy leadership in working with people and families with Autism. Our vision is “working together to create a better day, today and tomorrow.”   

If you would like to learn more and see how our experience can support you and your family, email [email protected], or call 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1333. 

Additionally, check out our Autism Facebook page throughout October for Autism facts and resources, and stay tuned in November for a contest where you could win a sensory-themed prize pack and gift card!  

Dr. Karen Grattan-Miscio
Director of Autism Services
Hands theFamilyHelpNetwork.ca