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Autism Nova Scotia was founded by beloved community leaders and philanthropists Jack and Joan Craig. The Craigs’ vision and dedication was inspired by their son, Robert J. “Bob” Craig, who is on the Autism Spectrum. When Bob was a child, autism was something that simply wasn’t spoken of.

Together, Jack and Joan dedicated themselves to making sure that families like theirs would not be alone, and that they would have the supports and resources they need. Thanks to the efforts of The Craig Foundation, the Craig's established the Jack and Joan Craig Chair in Autism Research at Dalhousie University in 2001. In 2002, the Craig's founded Autism Nova Scotia, a community-based organization dedicated to providing information, programs, and supports to individuals with autism across the lifespan and their families. Today, Autism Nova Scotia operates eight Chapters across the province, and delivers programs, services, and supports for the approximately 14,000 Nova Scotians with autism and their families. Jack Craig passed away in 2016, and he is sorely missed. Joan Craig continues to provide hands-on guidance and compassionate strength to Autism Nova Scotia every day.

Joan Craig believes that together we can create understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of children, youth and adults with autism and their families. Thank you for considering making a gift to Autism Nova Scotia.