MedicAlert a voice for autistics in crisis situations

The MedicAlert Autism Program allows emergency responders to make better decisions to help people in times of need

MedicAlert a voice for autistics in crisis situationsThe silver identification bracelet that indicates an existing condition to first responders has been a valuable tool for decades. In 1953, a teenage girl named Linda Collins cut her finger badly. At the hospital, she received a tetanus shot, had a severe allergic reaction and almost died. After that incident, her parents began attaching a…

Five things about autism that everyone should know

Media stories that get it wrong can contribute to how others perceive those with autism – and perpetuate potentially dangerous stereotypes

Five things about autism that everyone should knowToo often, well-meaning journalists get it wrong when they write about autism. It’s not so much the content of their stories that misses the mark as the language they use to describe autism. It can be easy to unintentionally offend – or worse, misrepresent – the autism community they are meant to describe. Why does…

Why universal screening for autism is a good idea

We don’t want to see Canadian children reach school age before being identified as having autism

Why universal screening for autism is a good ideaOver the years, Autism Canada has talked to thousands of parents and there has been a similar refrain. Early diagnosis didn’t happen for their children because too many well-intentioned health practitioners and educators dismissed early red flags and parental concerns in favour of a “wait and see” approach. Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is…