Beginning January 15, 2024 our new name will be the
York Community Autism Partnership (YCAP)
A New Name for a New Year!
The former York ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Partnership is very excited to announce our new name
York Community Autism Partnership.
As an organization that promotes positive awareness of Autism and is responsive to our community, our new name, the York Community Autism Partnership reflects respect for people with Autism and emphasizes our collaborative community work to enhance the system of supports for people with Autism and their families in York Region.
Why this subtle change?
There is a growing discontent amongst self-advocates with Autism, their families and many professionals with the use of the term “disorder” with respect to this neuro-diversity. While Autism Spectrum Disorder remains the official diagnosis in the DSMV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Version V), many people feel that referring to someone as “disordered” in everyday interactions diminishes and disrespects their strengths and abilities and negatively emphasizes the challenges experienced by people with Autism.