Since our founding in 2003, Autism Nova Scotia has become the recognized go-to resource for community-based best practice programs and services for Nova Scotians with autism and their families. In 2018, Health Canada released a study indicating that 1 in 66 Canadian children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Nova Scotia’s mission is to build community capacity to enhance understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of the approximately 14,000 autistic children, youth, and adults in Nova Scotia.
Autism Nova Scotia employs qualified and experienced staff trained in autism, complex behaviour support, and program development. Our advocacy efforts and many community partnerships have meaningfully changed the face of autism support in this province, and we have been a significant contributor to important initiatives in the Atlantic provinces and across the country.
In addition to central operations in Halifax, Autism Nova Scotia operates a network of nine chapters in regions spanning the province. Autism Nova Scotia is a registered non-profit organization that relies on donor and grant support to offer our many programs and services.