Autism Society Canada has proudly announced that April 2nd, 2010 will be
designated as the World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in Canada. Their goal is to
spread awareness about autism and lend assistance to those living with ASD. It
has been estimated that 1 in 150 Canadians have some form of ASD. Since Canada
is without national surveillance, those numbers can only be viewed as an estimate.
Michael Lewis, President of the Autism Society Canada is hoping for a change in
how autism is monitored in Canada. He said, “All autism stakeholder
organizations agree that Canada must establish accurate surveillance and
reporting on ASDs. This information will help us to determine the prevalence of
autism to help develop policies needed regarding treatments and services for
all Canadians living with an ASD.”
For more information about the Autism Society of Canada and WAAD, visit their website or join their
Let us all continue to work towards more awareness of ASD in whatever country
we live in!