About Culture Counts Conference

Culturally Responsive Autism Support in Research and Practices

As Canadian cities become increasingly culturally diverse, one size does not always fit all when it comes to supporting healthy child development. Health care systems and providers need to respond to varied perspectives, values, and behaviors connected to health and well-being. Failure to understand and manage social and cultural differences may have significant health consequences for minority groups in particular.

SAAAC’s inaugural conference Culture Counts - Culturally Responsive Autism Support in Research and Practices will engage with the timely issue of autism and demonstrate how to provide effective ASD support to a rapidly changing population.

The event will provide you with a space to connect with families, researchers, health professionals, advocates and community agencies to better understand ASD as it relates to minority communities and the challenges faced by underserved communities.

Our Objectives

Your Takeaways

Featured Speakers


Elaine M. Gabovitch

Dr. Mohammad Zubairi

Dr. Stelios Georgiades

Dr. Mayada Elsabbagh

Ken Robertson

Panel Discussion Speaker

Hon. Mike Lake

Event Schedule

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Considering Culture in Autism Awareness Elaine Gabovitch
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Beyond Communication... #WhereCultureMatters Dr. Mohammad Zubairi
Tracing Autism’s trajectories can help explain its diversity. Dr. Stelios Georgiades
11:45 AM to 12:35 PM
12:45 PM to 1:45 PM
District School Board Education Panel
1:50 PM to 2:50 PM
We Are All in this Together: First Nations and Autism Ken Robertson
Going global: How can research support capacity building in diverse communities? Dr. Mayada Elsabbagh
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Panel Discussion with Hon. Mike Lake

Sponsors Conference Partners

Sponsors Summit Partners

Ticket Prices

The Venue

937 Progress Ave,
Scarborough, ON
M1G 3T8