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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital has launched the Advocacy Tool Kit for parents of children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). The tool kit was developed by the autism research centre (ARC) at Holland Bloorview and parent advisors, and is funded by Autism Speaks Canada. It aims to provide Canadian parents with basic knowledge of advocacy and negotiation skills along with useful and practical tools.

The Advocacy Tool Kit aims to demonstrate how to apply advocacy skills to different situations throughout early childhood and adolescence through useful tips, links to additional information, list of local resources by provinces across Canada, and many other interactive features. It includes sections on self-advocacy, advocacy within the family unit, advocacy in the community, school advocacy, and advocacy in health care.

We encourage all families to view and download the Advocacy Tool Kit.

Cover of The Advocacy Tool Kit