Autistics 4 Autistics (A4A) is a collective of autistic adults engaged in community education, events, activism and advocating for reform to Canadian autism policy. We are self-advocates — meaning that neither our parents nor service providers advocate “for” us. We are proudly autistic and united in supporting all autistics in the province on the issues that impact our community.
Autistic Self Advocacy in Ontario
A4A was formed in early 2017 by autistic activists in Ontario. We are an international affiliate of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network and a member of the Autistic Advocates’ Coalition of Canada. In addition to our chapter in Ontario, we have a new chapter in New Brunswick and one soon to launch in Alberta!
For too long, autistics have been excluded from input into policy decision-making in Canada — and mostly invisible in media coverage. We are changing that and we hope you will join us.
The autistic community is strong and it’s an exciting time to get involved. If you are autistic and would like to connect with A4A, please join our Facebook page and Twitter feed. There you can find and share info about meetups, political activism and other events and resources. We also have an active parent auxiliary; contact us for info!
A4A is a part of the neurodiversity and disability rights movements. We stand with the broader disability community in advocating for a National Disability Strategy in Canada.
To learn more about issues affecting autistics in Ontario, ask us. We have members specializing in communication choice and AAC; public policy; education; intersectional identities; parenthood; disability rights/law; youth issues; police and community relations; housing; employment; and more.