Municipal Autism Strategy

The City of Sault Ste. Marie is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day challenges faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact. 

The goal of the municipal autism strategy, developed in consultation with various community partners, is to assist families, caregivers and individuals dealing with an autism diagnosis and to assist them with accessing available services.

Although all forms of accessibility, including autism are already included in the City’s multi-year strategy, the committee focused their efforts on three specific tasks: 
  1. An Autism Services Inventory providing an extensive list of the various autism services available identifying the focus age group and contact information. This inventory included both public sector and private sector services. 
  1. An Autism Roadmap identifying services from when autism is first suspected through pre-diagnosis, diagnosis and care management. Two separate roadmaps for those 16 years of age or less and older persons were prepared
  1. Design Guidelines that take into consideration individuals with autism. This is particularly important to municipal operations, as the City requires that all new facilities meet high standards of accessibility. The committee created a document entitled “Sensory Spaces, Design Guidelines for the Spatial and Perceptual Needs of Individuals with Autism.”
Sault Ste. Marie Autism/Neurodiversity Services 2024

Autism/Neurodiversity Roadmap over 16

Autism/Neurodiversity Roadmap under 16

For more information on the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Municipal Autism Strategy contact the City’s Accessibility office at 705-541-2822 or email

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