Autism Society Canada

Autism Society Canada
Autism Junction

Autism Junction
World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day

April 01, 2011 07:00 ET

Autism Society Canada Celebrates World Autism Awareness Day 2011 by Offering All Canadians "Autism Junction"

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2011) - Autism Society Canada (ASC) joins other organizations around the world in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day by offering the Canadian public increased access to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) service provision with the launch of a new online National ASD Service Directory called Autism Junction.

Autism Junction is a free online searchable database which lists Canada-wide ASD services (and ASD-related services) for individuals living with ASD, their families and caregivers, service providers, students, the general public, and professionals. We hope to provide useful and highly searchable information that will make the often daunting task of locating appropriate ASD services somewhat easier for Canadians across the country.

ASC's President, Michael Lewis, notes the importance of fostering information sharing:

"…with the support of our partners and colleagues across Canada, Autism Junction will continue to evolve as part of ASC's website and after this initial launch we will be updating the directory on an ongoing basis. We look forward to working with all of you to build this important grassroots resource, which will support the ASD service community, foster information sharing and increase public access to existing ASD services across the country.

We would also like to mark this special day by paying tribute to our provincial and territorial network of autism societies and their chapters as well as the many other dedicated ASD service and treatment organizations working hard to provide front-line services across the country."

Autism Society Canada has been working for over 35 years to promote a comprehensive federal National Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategy. As we turn our focus to a spring election, we believe national action and commitment on ASD is absolutely vital in order to bring equal access to targeted health and social services for all Canadians with ASD. There are currently glaring gaps in the availability of fully funded treatment and services for children, youth, and adults with ASD in many parts of the country, and especially in rural areas.

Autism Society Canada is a nationally incorporated charity founded in 1976. We are a federation of Canada- wide provincial and territorial autism societies whose collective memberships represent a very large community of individuals affected by ASD and their families in Canada. ASC is committed to advocacy, public education, information and referral, and the support of its provincial and territorial autism societies.

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