On April 4-5, 2022, CASDA hosted the 8th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit (CALS2022). Over 300 participants, presenters, panelists and moderators came together from across the country to learn about and weigh in on autism policy in Canada. Our goal was to have a variety of topics and ideas presented that will promote stimulating discussion between participants. Importantly, we created an atmosphere where we were able to learn from each other and gain perspectives from lived experiences across the country. CALS2022 aimed to offer a platform to amplify underrepresented voices and share their perspectives regarding identified gaps in policy with decision-makers and Canadians alike.
CALS2022 was delivered through a hybrid virtual and in-person model. Registrants attended in-person at the following satellite sites, in: Calgary AB, Burlington ON, Durham ON, Brampton ON, and Whitehorse YT. The goal of this model was to create an innovative, collaborative and pivotal conference for Autistic people, their families, and those who support them.
For the first time, both days of the conference were translated, allowing attendees across Canada, whether their preferred language is French or English, to attend CALS2022. Live translation enabled us to make our event more accessible than ever before.
We have put together a report that summarizes the impact of the 8th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit. To download the full PDF of our CALS2022 Impact Report, click here.
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If you registered for the 8th Annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit, you can view the recorded presentations until July 2022! Click here to access all of the recorded content of CALS2022 (for registered attendees only).
Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion in Policy Development: “Nothing About Us Without Us”
This theme aims to explore rights-based approaches to policy development (i.e., Making sure the people affected by the policies are included in the design of those policies).
The Evolution of Evidence-Informed Supports Across the Lifespan
This theme aims to discuss diverse views on evidence-informed supports, and services across the entire lifespan.
Progress in Employment Programs and Disability Supports
This theme aims to explore federal tax policy, disability, and employment support.