How we got started.
AIDE Canada grew out of a need for better and increased access to trusted, accurate, and useful information, resources and supports for individuals with lived experience of autism and/or intellectual disability, their families and those who care for them. Over a decade ago, a Senate Report (“Pay Now or Pay Later,” 2007) called for change in how Canada supports families living with autism. A number of reports since have echoed and expanded this call, pointing out the regional disparities when it comes to serving the autism and/or intellectual disability community. An urban-rural divide also limits the services, resources, and supports available to Canadians living in rural or remote areas.
Employment and Social Development Canada published a report (“Accessible Canada,” 2017) highlighting the need for information about autism and/or intellectual disability to be understandable and presented in a way that is accessible to all people.
AIDE Canada is designed to meet this need by creating a network both online, and in person for individuals and families from all backgrounds and regions across Canada to connect and learn about autism and intellectual disability. With a focus on accessibility and making use of current technology, AIDE Canada seeks to address these gaps in knowledge and resources by sharing the latest research about autism and/or intellectual disability in clear terms, and bring together the latest evidence-informed resources and tools in one place, accessible to all.