Ontario Election 2018
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This package was designed to engage your Chapter with key decision makers before the provincial election on June 7, 2018
Holding an Autism Ontario Chapter Town Hall or promoting an email writing campaign is a great way to engage your local candidates before the election. We know that people with ASD are and can be contributing citizens. Do your local candidates know this too?
Starting a conversation with your local candidates to see where they stand on treatment and supports for people with ASD in their early years, the school years and into adulthood are important steps towards engaging each candidate in issues that matter.
This is your opportunity to engage with provincial leaders! Local candidates will be knocking on doors to talk about the issues that matter most to Ontarians. Consider inviting each one to have a discussion, look into your local riding forums for potential opportunities to ask those important questions, connect with your local Chapter about inviting candidates to talk about supporting our community. Let’s get every potential political candidate talking about the issues that affect people with ASD, their families, and those who support them.
Before you get started
It’s important for you to know that as a registered charity, Autism Ontario may neither support nor denounce a particular candidate or party. When you are planning your letter writing campaign or Town Hall, you must engage all the political candidates in your riding. Not only does this make for a larger, more robust discussion, it gives you and your community the information you need to make an informed decision when voting.
Engaging with the decision makers
At every level of government, Autism Ontario works hard to advocate, build and strengthen government relations and respond to various issues that affect people with ASD and their families.
One of our strongest advocacy methods during this election includes Autism Ontario Chapters engaging local candidates through letter writing campaigns or inviting candidates from all key parties to participate in Town Halls to answer questions and share their thoughts about how each political party responds to various issues that affect people with ASD and their families.
Email to Candidates
In order to ensure you know where your local candidates stand on treatment and supports for people with ASD in their early years, the school years and into adulthood, we’re inviting you to engage your local candidates around how their party plans to support people with autism spectrum disorder and their families across Ontario, including remote locations.
1. Find the local candidates in your riding, click here
2. Take action now! Send this email to your candidate today
Holding an Autism Ontario Chapter Town Hall
To raise awareness of autism amongst the candidates standing for election in your area, you can host an Autism Ontario Chapter Town Hall.
The premise is simple – arrange to meet your local candidates alongside a small group of families or friends for 20 minutes. You can talk about whatever you like – from attitudes towards autism in the community to the day-to-day support that you need. Sitting down face-to-face with your candidates is the best way for your messages to be heard.
Once you’ve sent your invite, download the Autism Ontario 2018 Election toolkit. It contains information on how to tell your story and suggested discussion topics. Your Member of Provincial Parliament can be an excellent campaign ally, and when they are equipped with the right information they can be instrumental in helping us to achieve positive change for people affected by autism.
This toolkit contains instructions on how to hold a Chapter Town Hall, discussion topics that highlight the key autism issues and some helpful key facts regarding the status of ASD in Ontario.
Key ASD Discussion Topics:
Take action now! Autism Ontario encourages every eligible Ontarian to get out and vote!
Autism Ontario aims to educate and help people understand the issues as they relate to people with ASD and their families and encourage all eligible Ontario residents to VOTE!
Our organization works hard to advocate, build and strengthen government relations and respond to various issues that affect people with ASD and their families at every level of government, and the work you do is a crucial component of this process.
Take action now, these are important steps towards engaging each candidate in issues that matter.
Why is voting important?
Casting a ballot in the general election is your way of choosing the representative who you feel will make the best laws and policies, this includes those laws and policies that govern how the province supports people and their families affected by ASD in Ontario.
Voting is a powerful way to send a message to governments and politicians about what issues matter to Ontarians. When we don’t engage with politicians, we run the risk of losing an opportunity to make our collective voice heard.
To find out more information on each provincial party platform, so you can engage with the provincial decision makers, please see below:
*Please note, you may need to make personal phone calls or write emails to the top four parties*
Ontario PC Party
Ontario New Democrat Party
Ontario Liberal Party
Green Party of Ontario
Alliance Party of Ontario
Canadians' Choice Party
Communist Party of Canada (Ontario)
Freedom Party of Canada
None of the Above Direct Democracy Party
Ontario Libertarian Party
To find the local candidates in your riding, click here
Important voting dates and times:
Election Day: June 7, 2018
For information on advanced polling click here.
For more information on how to vote in the 2018 provincial election, please visit Elections Ontario.
Would you like to know more?
If you are a party candidate or a member of the media who would like to speak with us regarding issues related to Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ontario, please call us at 416-246-9592.
We are the province’s largest collective voice representing the ASD community, made up of knowledgeable parents and professionals who can speak to issues across Ontario. We are dedicated to providing ASD information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services. Please speak with us today for more information.