Dr. Stelios Georgiades participated in Autism Awareness Day at the Senate of Canada on Oct. 25, 2017. During this event Dr. Georgiades had a chance to showcase the work of McMaster’s Autism Research Team (MacART), of which he is co-director, and to promote the idea for a National Autism Strategy to address the needs of all Canadians living with autism.

The event was organized by the Senate in partnership with the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) and other organizations to offer visitors a complete picture of autism, from the point of view of families, McMaster Autism Researchresearchers, therapists and people living with autism. CASDA was formed in July 2007 soon after the Senate Committee report,Pay Now or Pay Later: Autism Families in Crisis” was released.

This recording of the roundtable discussion in the Senate – first available on Facebook live on Oct. 25 – includes Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, who has a grandchild living with autism, and Dr. Jonathan Weiss, CIHR Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research; Esther Rhee, national program director, Autism Speaks Canada; and others.

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