The province drawing up a new action plan for Nova Scotians on the autism spectrum

By CityNews Halifax Staff

Nova Scotia has announced a new provincial action plan that aims to improve services and support for those with autism and their families.

The $200,000 dollar plan will seek to identify existing services and initiatives for children, youth and adults on the autism spectrum and their families among other things.

It will also identify gaps in services and make recommendations for additional support.

Mental Health Minister Brian Comer said the government will work with Autism Nova Scotia to seek input from people with autism and their families, as well as health-care professionals and community organizations before releasing the plan next spring.

“A provincial autism action plan will give us a clear picture of what supports are out there today so we can identify the gaps and work with our partners to fill them,” he said in a release.

Community engagement will begin this fall and the action plan is expected to be released next spring.

Details about the development of the plan and how to get involved will be available in the coming weeks at the Autism Nova Scotia website.

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