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- submitted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 09:11

good morning
There have been questions raised about the number of Individuals that have been diagnosed with ASD in Saskatchewan. This is SaskFEAT's response.
As President of SaskFEAT and the Saskatchewan Director for Autism Canada, I have obtained this information from the Government of Canada Web site. Please note that in Saskatchewan there are no provincial standardized protocols for diagnosis, treatment and or professional qualifications. . SaskFEAT has been advocating for standardized protocols for diagnosis, treatment and or professional qualifications for over 16 years. Specific provincial standards for accessibility and best practices in the field of Autism must be in place, before accurate numbers of Individuals that have been diagnosed with ASD can be correctly obtained.
Arden C. Fiala
SaskFEAT President
Saskatchewan Representative – Provincial and Territorial Council – Autism Canada
Surveillance of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Discover how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is monitored.
On this page
• How many people are living with ASD in Canada?
• How does Canada monitor ASD disorder?
• For more information
How many people are living with ASD in Canada?
In Canada, there has been an increase in the prevalence of ASD.
A 2010 Canadian study of select provinces found that approximately 1 in 94 children has a diagnosis of ASD. Overall, current studies show that boys are almost 5 times more likely to receive a diagnosis of ASD than girls.
How does Canada monitor ASD?
It is not yet possible to accurately report on the prevalence and incidence of ASD for Canada as a whole. Surveillance is required to obtain these data.
Public health surveillance is a core public health function. The cycle of surveillance involves the:
• tracking and forecasting of a health event or determinant through the ongoing collection of data
• integration, analysis and interpretation of these data into knowledge products
• distribution of knowledge products to those who need it and can take necessary action or respond to the findings
National ASD Surveillance System
Currently, there is no comprehensive, comparable, national-level data available on ASD in Canada, although repositories of data across Canada exist. Developing a national surveillance system will help improve the information and evidence-base needed to help Canadians.
The National ASD Surveillance System (NASS) aims to address the impacts of ASD, such as health and social effects. It is being developed to track ASD among children and youth first and will eventually include adults living with ASD.
Tracking ASD will include national and regional case and rate estimates and key patterns and trends. NASS will provide the evidence to inform planning of:
• services
• research
• programs
The results will impact Canadians living with ASD as well as their families and caregivers.
The development and implementation of NASS is supported by a PHAC secretariat. NASS is guided by the advice of an ASD surveillance advisory committee. The committee comprises experts from across Canada in the areas of:
• surveillance
• diagnosis and intervention
• education and knowledge policy
• education and knowledge translation
This committee also includes representatives from national stakeholder organizations.
Data sources
NASS is possible only through the collaboration of stakeholders, data holders, and key experts in provinces and territories across Canada.
Where possible, provincial and territorial partners contribute standardized data to NASS for a comprehensive picture of ASD across Canada. These anonymized data are based on existing administrative databases. In some cases, the data are linked from multiple sources, such as the health, education and social services sectors.
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- submitted: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 16:10

This is Sarah, talking to her Brother Aidan’s class about autism on Inside Out for Autism Day. She is 13 years old and attends Holy Family Catholic School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Thank you Sarah for building autism awareness and acceptance, as you went from class to class to speak about autism! This will not only benefit your brother that is on the Autism Spectrum, but for all students and staff at your school!


- submitted: Monday, May 1, 2017 - 13:31

Inside Out 4 Autism - submitted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 09:26

- submitted: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 09:40

SaskFEAT is offering respite funding - submitted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 14:35

It is with understanding, and shared circumstances that SaskFEAT recognizes that the diagnosis of Autism of one family member significantly affects the entire family, especially the siblings. A child in this type of situation doesn’t receive the same sort of attention they may in a typical family atmosphere, to no fault of the family. It is just the reality of the situation when a family member is diagnosed with autism. They require more attention. This is where SaskFEAT comes in!  SaskFEAT is offering respite funding to acknowledge the siblings that have a brother or sister diagnosed with Autism and its’ impact on all family members and assists children from this stress.




Arden C. Fiala

SaskFEAT President

Saskatchewan Representative – Provincial and Territorial Council – Autism Canada



Saskatchewan Families for Effective Autism Treatment (SaskFEAT)

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March 17th, 2017

Autism Canada and SaskFEAT invite you to join thousands of other schools and companies across Canada in raising awareness, acceptance and funds for autism.  Please join us on April 3, 2017 by participating in Inside Out for Autism.

Inside Out for Autism was conceptualized by an autism mom, Jacalyn MacAulay, who thought how wonderful it would be to have a day to focus on autism awareness and acceptance. “Being a parent of a child diagnosed with autism, I see every day how important it is to be an advocate for your child and for others living with autism,” says Jacalyn.  She is but one of thousands of other moms, dads and caregivers who feel the same way.

It is so easy and fun to participate. All you need to do is wear your shirt, top or sweater inside out for the day.  Each person is given a sticker to wear in recognition of their participation.  If an individual, school, or business chooses to raise funds, 80% of funds raised in Saskatchewan will benefit our province and those living with autism and their families. The rest of the funds will support Autism Canada’s national programs and initiatives.

Why is this so important? Individuals with autism are often misunderstood.  Really, they are just like the rest of us; different in some ways, but certainly not less. This is a great opportunity to bring children, teachers, families and communities together in understanding autism better.  It is a FUNdraiser but, most importantly it builds much needed awareness and acceptance.

We hope that you, or your organization joins us in hosting Inside Out for Autism and help us spread our message from coast to coast. For more information, please check out or

Arden C. Fiala             
President SaskFEAT            
Saskatchewan Representative – Provincial and Territorial Council – Autism Canada

Lucie Stephens
National Program Director – Autism Canada

Box 483
Shaunavon, SK.
S0N 2M0