Our mission with The Canadian Neurodevelopmental Research Training Platform (CanNRT) is to build a qualified and diverse community of learning, research and engagement. We are proudly training the next generation of leaders in the field of neurodevelopmental conditions (NDDs), including autism.
Over the past few years, a collaborative group of researchers, community partners and self-advocates has been working with the Azrieli Foundation to envision the framework for this ambitious Platform. We've identified the critical training gaps in Canada and teased out the best of what earlier programs and strategies have offered in order to lay the groundwork for this next-generation program.
The CanNRT platform's innovative approach focuses on new ways of teaching and training that break down traditional silos between academia and needs in the ‘real world’. This includes valuing and incorporating diverse sources of knowledge and expertise including academic research, professional knowledge across sectors, and lived experiences.
The Platform also builds on what we have learned from past and existing training programs to attract high caliber trainees, faculty, and mentors to form an open and inclusive learning community. As we build this community, we will also take concrete next steps towards our aspirational goals of positioning Canada as an international leader in creating and sustaining diverse, equitable, and participatory training environments.
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