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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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Self-Directed Funding Demonstration Project a Success - submitted: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 15:40





Self-Directed Funding Demonstration Project a Success

Released on September 21, 2016

Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor today announced the future implementation of a self-directed funding (SDF) model for individuals who experience intellectual disabilities to give them greater choice over their life decisions.  Self-directed funding allows individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities to choose supports that meet their needs and help them reach their goals.

Currently, funding to clients goes through community-based organizations, but under SDF, goes directly to the individual.  This allows individuals and their support team to decide which supports and services they access depending on their own unique needs and aspirations.  Minister Beaudry-Mellor joined participants of the SDF Demonstration Project and their families to celebrate the positive impact and successes of this approach.

“The result of the SDF pilot has been remarkable,” Beaudry-Mellor said.  “I look forward to working with the disability community to find ways for even more people across the province to experience the success that the project participants have had.  SDF aligns with the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by providing individuals experiencing disabilities with more effective supports and services, as well as a greater sense of dignity in gaining more independence.”

Lynn Schaan, whose son Daniel was a participant in the project, joined Minister Beaudry-Mellor at the announcement, which took place in Daniel’s home.  Through SDF, Daniel now lives independently with a roommate (his brother) and has trained support staff visit when needed.

“Self-directed funding allows Danny the freedom and choice to create a unique plan of daily living that puts joy in his life, light in his eyes, hope in his dreams and the safe environment to grow, mature and become the best he can be,” Schaan said.  “I am overwhelmed by Danny's growth in the past 10 months.  Like every parent, I hoped and dreamed that Danny would have a good life if he had the appropriate supports, and self-directed funding has given Danny that opportunity.  I am so grateful.”

The Saskatchewan Association for Community Living (SACL) is a community-based organization that works to ensure that individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities are valued, supported, and included, and have opportunities and choices in all aspects of life.  The Ministry of Social Services partnered with SACL to provide facilitation and navigational services to participants and their families during the demonstration project.

“The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy talks about making supports for people with disabilities more person-centred, and self-directed funding is one way to make that happen,” SACL Director of Strategic Initiatives Judy Hannah said.  “Self-directed funding allows people with intellectual disabilities to create a plan for their lives.  SACL is so pleased to have been a part of the project.  It has been incredibly exciting to see the changes in the lives of each of the individuals and families involved.”

SACL produced a video demonstrating the positive impact of SDF that can be viewed at

A self-directed funding option was one of the recommendations put forward by the Valley View Centre Transition Steering Committee in 2013.  The Committee recognized that some individuals were unable to access certain supports through the former funding model, and that a funding model with more choices and autonomy would personalize the supports and services available to individuals transitioning from Valley View Centre into communities across Saskatchewan.  The self-directed funding model will be implemented province-wide beginning April 1, 2017.

Individuals and families who are interested in this opportunity can talk to their Community Living Service Delivery worker for more information.


For more information, contact:

Leya Moore
Social Services
Phone: 306-787-3610

Box 483
Shaunavon, SK.
S0N 2M0