Positive Advocacy Resources

Advocacy is about securing, protecting and advancing the rights of one’s self or others. People on the autism spectrum/autistic people have rights. Our system has enacted legislation and regulations to support the needs of children, youth and adults with ASD. All programs and services must be in compliance with current legislation and regulations. Parents and self-advocates, however, may have to strongly advocate to ensure that their rights or their child’s rights are met. 

Most effective advocates share a combination of important knowledge and skills:

  • An understanding of regulations and rules 

  • An understanding of the law 

  • A sense of procedural advocacy 

  • A realistic sense of what they want and how to work with others to achieve their goals

This process supports self-advocates and their families to constructively express dissatisfaction and contribute to creative solutions to problems existing in human service systems.  

As one of the largest collective voices representing autism, Autism Ontario and its network of staff and volunteers across the province are dedicated to providing quality information and education, supporting research and advocating for programs and services for the autism community. It is our objective to provide people with ASD and their families practical strategies to support their role as advocates as they navigate the system.