The Ontario Autism Coalition formed in 2005 as a grassroots group of concerned parents and has since grown into an Ontario-wide organization with over 1,000 members. The OAC has organized 26 rallies to draw public attention to the need for publicly funded programs that effectively meet the needs of individuals in the Autism community. We also lobby the government on autism matters. We have met with dozens of government policy advisors, senior provincial Cabinet Ministers and M.P.P.ís to make our case. We regularly collaborate with our media partners to raise public awareness about issues related to autism.
In the summer of 2009, the OAC organized a ” Big Tent” meeting, bringing together representatives from a variety of different autism advocacy groups. From that meeting, a series of recommendations for the provincial government was created. The OAC Recommendations Report, entitled “No More Excuses” was formally presented to the government in June of 2010.
The OAC is committed to placing autism issues front and centre on the political agenda in Ontario. We are currently planning our strategy for this year’s provincial election. We will be hosting events, issuing press releases and organizing parents to ensure that politicians from all political parties are aware of our concerns.
For more information please contact Bruce McIntosh at
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