Comparative Canadian and United States Autism: A Narrative Analysis

Main Article Content

Dana Lee Baker
Trudy Steuernagel


Autism, Policy, Narrative Analysis


This article examines autism policy narratives inCanadaand theUnited States.  In both nations, meta-narratives emerged, establishing federal autism policy.  Whereas the stories associated with these meta-narratives shared starting points, the stories unfolded in nationally distinct ways. 

Abstract 515 | PDF Downloads 211 Word Downloads 102 Text Downloads 149


Anderson, C. (2006, November). Federal Government Announces New Autism Inittiatives. Retrieved from

Autism Society of America. (2004). ASA Statement on May 2004 IOM Report on Vaccines andAutism. (2004). Retrieved from pagename=mmrvaccine

Autism Speaks (2010). Policy Statement on Mercury and Autism. Retrieved from

Baker, D.L., & Stokes, S. (2007). Brain Politics: Aspects of Administration in the Comparative Issue Definition of Autism-Related Policy. Public Administration Review, 67(4), 757-767.

Baker, D.L. (2008). Issue Definition in Rights-Based Policy Focused on the Experiences of Individuals with Disabilities: An examination of Canadian Parliamentary Discourse. Disability & Society, 23(6) 571-583.

Barton, D. (2006, December 6). Statement on S. 843 as Amended, the "Combating Autism Act." Retrieved from

Burton, D. (2008). Statement in Support of Combating Autism Act. Retrieved from

Bridgman, T., & Barry, D. (2002). Regulation is Evil: An Application of Narrative Policy Analysis in Regulatory Debate in New Zealand. Policy Sciences, 35, 141-161.

Canada Votes 2006: Riding Talk (2006). Retrieved from

Canada Health Care Act Annual Report 2008-2009. Retrieved from

Centers for Disease Control (2008). Retrieved from

Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. (2002). Medically Necessary: Who Decides? What is it? Retrieved from pdf/ romanow/pdfs/Medically_Nec_eng.pdf

“Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks Praise the Swift Approval of the Combating Autism Act by United States Senate,” December 7, 2006. Retrieved from

Enzi, M. (2007, September). Executive Summary of the Report of the Ranking Member on Alleged Misconduct by Government Agencies and Private Entities Related to Thimerosol in Childhood Vaccines. Retrieved from

F.E.A.T. BC. (2010). History of FEAT. Retrieved from

Fischer, F. (2003). Reframing Public Policy: Discursive Politics and Deliberative Practices. New York: Oxford University Press.

Health Canada (2006). Federal Autism Initiatives. Retrieved from

Imus, D. (2006, December 18). Letter to the Editor. Newsweek. Retrieved from

Kaplan, T. (1986). The Narrative Structure of Policy Analysis. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management , 5(4), 761-778.

Kirby, D. (2006). Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic. New York: St. Martin's Press.

The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada. (2008). LD and the Law. Retrieved from

The Lovaas Institute (2010). Retrieved from

Lynch, P. (2006). Canada Votes 2006: Riding Talk. Retrieved from

Miller, D. (2009). Best Practices in School Neuropsychology: Guidelines for Effective Practice, Assessment, and Evidence-Based Intervention, Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley.

Morrow, E. M., Yoo, S.-Y., Flavell, S. W., Kim, T.-K., Lin, Y., Hill, R. S., . . .Walsh, C. A. (2008). Identifying Autism Loci and Genes by Tracing Recent Shared Ancestry. Science, 328(5886), 218-223.

Roe, E. (1994). Narrative Policy Analysis: Theory and Practice. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Scott, A. (2006). Canada Votes 2006: Riding Talk. Retrieved from

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. (2006). Report to AccompanyS.843 Combating Autism Act of 2005. Retrieved from

Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs. (2007). Final Report on: The Enquiry on theFunding for the Treatment of Autism PAY NOW OR PAY LATER Autism Families in Crisis. Retrieved from

Shapiro, Joseph (2011). No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. New York: Random House.

Smith, R. (2004). "Is Autism Prevention Government Policy?" Retrieved from

Toronto Partnership for Autism Services (TPAS) (2008). Welcome to Toronto Partnership for Autism Services (TPAS)--Intensive Behavior Intervention (IBI). Retrieved from

Twachtman-Cullen, D. (2006). Suzanne Wright Takes on Autism. Retrieved from Autism
Spectrum Quarterly website,

Twyman, K. A., Maxim, R. A., Leet, T. L., Ultmann, M. H. (2009). Parents’ Developmental Concerns and Age Variance at Diagnosis of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3(2) 489-495.

Volkmar, F. R., C. Lord, A. Bailey, R. Schultz, & A. Klin. (2004). Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 45(1) 135-170.

White House. (2006). Fact Sheet: Combating Autism Act of 2006. Retrieved from

Similar Articles

1 2 3 > >> 

You may also start an advanced similarity search for this article.