In Community, Past Events

The TACC and its partners praised by Senator Leo Housakos for their efforts at the Senators at Home Webinar

On May 22nd, the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) held a public webinar entitled Senators at Home: Honing in on a National Autism Strategy. This meeting was held by CASDA to discuss what a federal autism strategy in Canada would look like from the point of view of Senators that are currently active in the Canadian autism community. Four Senators took part in this event: Senator Leo Housakos (Conservative Party of Canada – Quebec (Wellington)), Senator Jim Munson (Progressive Senate Group – Ontario (Ottawa, Rideau Canal)), Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard (Independent Senators Group – Nova Scotia (East Preston)) and Senator Peter Boehm (Independent Senators Group – Ontario (Ontario)). The purpose of the panel was to start and encourage a discussion amongst policymakers to determine what federal steps should be taken towards supporting Canada’s ASD community.

Of interest, Senator Housakos mentioned that a federal plan should include funding for research and employment programs and highlights the great work being done here in Montreal by our network’s partners:

“I’m particularly proud also of [the] Polaris initiative here in Montreal, which is being run by Giant Steps and Wagar Adult Education Centre and with TACC […] in conjunction with George Weston Corporation. I believe that these are some of the first steps that I’d like to focus on in the next decade or two decades […].”