About 
Us

The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) was formed July 2007 shortly after the Senate Committee Report “Pay Now or Pay Later: Autism Families in Crisis”.  During this time the federal government sent a clear message to the autism community: We need to work together with a unified voice. The autism community responded by forming CASDA.

 

The founding members of CASDA all believed that there was more our Federal Government could do for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and together we could make change happen.  One thing we all agreed on was that this country needed a National ASD Strategy.

Begining in April 2009, and every year since to honour World Autism Awareness Day, CASDA has gone to Parliament Hill in Ottawa and has met with Members of Parliament and Senators to advocate for our cause with a unified voice. Our thanks goes out to Senator Jim Munson for facilitating these encounters. The Alliance was very well received and since then doors have opened to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Health Canada (HC) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). CASDA is currently working with these federal government ministries for real change.

We ask you to join us and please consider being a member.

Vision:

All Canadians living with ASD have full and equal access to the resources they require to achieve their full potential.

Mission:

CASDA is a coalition of organizations and individuals developing a comprehensive National ASD Framework. It is committed to ensuring the implementation of a comprehensive National ASD Strategy that addresses critical gaps in funding and policies, which are preventing individuals with ASD and their families from exercising their equal rights as Canadians.

Contact Us

To contact us please email info@ASDalliance.org

Board of Directors

CASDA’s Board of Directors is made of representatives from some of Canada’s leading autism organizations.

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Cynthia Carroll

Chair – Executive Director, Autism Nova Scotia

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Debbie Irish

Vice-Chair – Executive Director, Geneva Centre for Autism

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Laurie Mawlam

Treasurer & Past Chair – Executive Director, Autism Canada

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Suzanne Jacobson

Secretary – President/Founder, QuickStart – Early Intervention for Autism

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Dave Mikkelsen

Director – Executive Director, Society for Treatment of Autism

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Jill Farber

Director – Executive Director, Autism Speaks Canada

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Amy Lonsberry

Appointed Director – Board Secretary, Sinneave Family Foundation

Our Work

CASDA works hard to bring national attention to ASD. Below you’ll find the work we are doing on your behalf.

National Needs Assessment Survey

Completed in 2014, this report is a result of almost 6,000 responses to the national survey on autism. This is the first survey of its kind.

 

Canadian Autism Partnership (CAP)

Creating a plan for us to work together for real change for Canadians living with autism and their families.

COMING SOON

 

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Paper

This paper is a work in progress that details areas for our federal government to take action.

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Join US

The Board of Directors invites you to join CASDA

By joining CASDA, you are part of a movement of likeminded autism organizations and individuals partnering with our federal government in creating and implementing a National Autism Strategy.

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OUR MEMBERS

Visit the list of autism organizations and individuals that support the work of CASDA and are proud to be a member. Sitting at a neutral table with a unified voice will ensure we get a plan or a National Autism Strategy.

JOIN NOW

Our online membership application will only take a few minutes to complete. Be part of a coalition of organizations and individuals that want to be part of ensuring our federal government has, and implements, a National Autism Strategy.

ARTICLES OF MEMBERSHIP

Please take time to read the Articles of Membership that includes information on membership terms, membership privileges, and CASDA governance.

Our Members

Visit the list of autism organizations and individuals that support the work of CASDA and are proud to be a member. Sitting at a neutral table with a unified voice will ensure we get a plan for a National Autism Strategy.

Leadership Summit 2016

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APRIL 18 – 19, 2016

Delta Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon St. N. Ottawa, ON

*Accommodations special rate guaranteed
until March 17, 2016

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Schedule

*PLEASE NOTE: The agenda is subject to change without notice.

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Registration Opens
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Welcome & Opening Remarks - The Honourable Jane Philpott & Senator Jim Munson
8:30 am - 9:00 am

The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health

The Honourable Jane Philpott was elected as MP for Markham-Stouffville on October 19, 2015 and appointed as Minister of Health November 4, 2015.

Prior to entering politics, Dr. Philpott led an extensive career in family medicine, public health, medical education and global advocacy for HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Philpott studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario, completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, and a Tropical Medicine fellowship in Toronto. In 2012, she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto.

Between 1989 and 1998, Dr. Philpott lived in Niger Republic, West Africa where she practiced general medicine and helped to develop a training program for village health workers.

In 1998, she and her husband, Pep, moved to Stouffville, Ontario where she practiced as a family physician at Markham Stouffville Hospital for more 15 years and served as Chief of Family Medicine from 2008 to 2014. She also led the opening of the Health for All Family Health Team – a new primary care home for 10,000 patients in Markham-Stouffville, and the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit that has trained 45 new family physicians in the community since 2010. Additionally, she is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Family & Community Medicine.

Some of her global advocacy work includes founding Give a Day to World AIDS in 2004, which has raised over $4 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dr. Philpott was the first Family Medicine lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration, where she was instrumental in helping Addis Ababa University develop Ethiopia’s first training program for Family Medicine.

Locally, Dr. Philpott is a founder of TEDxStouffville, and is a member of the Community Mennonite Church in Stouffville.
Dr. Philpott is married, has four children, and lives in Stouffville, Ontario.

Senator Jim Munson

Senator Jim Munson is best known to Canadians as a trusted journalist and communications advisor. He reported on current affairs for more than thirty years, most notably as a bureau chief and foreign correspondent for CTV News. His reporting touched upon events around the globe – from Belfast to Beijing – including the First Gulf War, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the Tiananmen Square Massacre. At home, he covered the FLQ crisis in Quebec and later, in Ottawa, every Canadian government and federal election from 1974 onwards. Senator Munson was twice nominated for a Gemini Award in recognition of excellence in journalism.

In 2001, following his career as a reporter, Senator Munson joined the Prime Minister’s Office as a communications advisor and was made Director of Communications the following year. He was called to the Senate on December 10th, 2003, to represent the province of Ontario and has served as Whip of the Senate Liberal Caucus since 2008.

Senator Munson is Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights and a vocal advocate for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. His leadership in Parliament led to the adoption of An Act respecting World Autism Awareness Day and the landmark Senate report Pay Now or Pay Later: Autism Families in Crisis.

CAP - Canadian Autism Partnership Project
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CAP - Canadian Autism Partnership Project (Continued)
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CASDA AGM
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Lunch & Networking
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Monday, April 18, 2016
ASD National Surveillance Project Update - Kim Elmslie, Public Health Agency of Canada
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A View from the Shoes of Autism: Know me for who I am

A video Message from Erik Hedley.
Erik Hedley is a grade 12 student here in Ottawa. He is also one half of the writing team and the artist in the autism article series, "I Have Autism and I Need Your Help" for Autism Ontario's "Autism Matters" magazine.

Erik has now begun to create YouTube videos on his channel called 'Autism Shoe Views'. His videos offer vignettes from the perspective of autism. Erik's guiding light? "It's not what happens to you, but what you do about it that matters most."

ASD Research Chair Stakeholder Update - Dr. Jonathan Weiss
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Ready, Willing & Able - Radha MacCulloch

University of Calgary, School of Public Policy
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Closing Remarks – Esther Rhee, Autism Speaks Canada

Transition to Summit Reception on Parliament Hill (Senate Foyer)
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Summit Reception
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registered conference attendees are welcome. Please bring government issued photo ID.

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Welcome & Opening Remarks - The Honourable Carla Qualtrough & Mike Lake, MP.
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The Honourable Carla Qualtrough. Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

A successful lawyer, dedicated volunteer, and Paralympic swimmer, Carla Qualtrough’s commitment to addressing inequality and championing diversity makes her a strong advocate for Delta.

Committed to equity and inclusion, Carla has practiced human rights law at the federal and provincial levels. She chaired the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility in British Columbia, and was an adjudicator with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal. Carla has been visually impaired since birth.

Passionate about the power of sport and physical activity to change lives, Carla has volunteered locally, nationally, and internationally, including with the International Paralympic Committee and for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. She has been President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Chair of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Carla was on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and was Vice-Chair of the Delta Gymnastics Society. As an athlete, Carla won three Paralympic and four World Championship medals.

Carla has degrees in political science from the University of Ottawa and law from the University of Victoria. Among many awards for her work, she has been named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport six times, and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Mike Lake, MP

Mike is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, and was first elected in 2006. After his re-election in October, 2008, Mike was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, a position to which he was re-appointed after the May 2011 election.

On September 13, 2012 Mike was sworn into the Queen's Privy Council, after being asked by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to serve on the Priorities and Planning Sub-Committee on Government Administration. On October 19, 2015, he was re-elected to a fourth term, receiving the 5th highest vote total out of 1,800 candidates, from all parties, across the country. He currently serves as the Conservative Party Critic for Global Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health.

Prior to entering federal politics, Mike worked for 10 years with the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club where he served as National Accounts Manager, Director of Ticket Sales and Group Sales Manager. Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Alberta.

Mike has two children, a son Jaden, 20, and daughter Jenae, 16. The Lakes have been active supporters of autism organizations, families and individuals across the country, and around the world, while sharing their story of life with Jaden, who has autism.

Promising Practices - Panel A
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Promising Practices Panel B
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Activities & Leisure
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Autism on the Hill a QuickStart - Early Intervention for Autism event.
Location: Steps of Parliament Buildings ( 12:15pm - 12:45pm)

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Promising Practices Panel C
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Promising Practices Panel D
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Featured Presentations & Presenters

Building Inclusive Bridges to Community Through Recreational Skating for Preschool and School Aged Children -- Anne Senez, MSc.OT(C)

Drama Weavers: Creating a Unique Space for Dramatic Plan for Children with Autism -- Karen Balcome and Jennifer Cecil

Comprehensive strategy for building capacity for community sports and recreation providers -- Stephanie Jull, Director of Programming at Canucks Autism Network in Vancouver, BC. PhD in Special Education from UBC

Project inForm -- Priya Nadarajan MPH, RN, BScN Project Manager, Project inform

Promising Practices Panel D
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Featured Presentations & Presenters

Building Inclusive Bridges to Community Through Recreational Skating for Preschool and School Aged Children -- Anne Senez, MSc.OT(C)

Drama Weavers: Creating a Unique Space for Dramatic Plan for Children with Autism -- Karen Balcome and Jennifer Cecil

Comprehensive strategy for building capacity for community sports and recreation providers -- Stephanie Jull, Director of Programming at Canucks Autism Network in Vancouver, BC. PhD in Special Education from UBC

Project inForm: Investigating barriers to early diagnosis and intervention in minority communities -- Priya Nadarajan MPH, RN, BScN Project Manager, Project inform

Spectrum Production – Liam O’Rourke and Dan TenVeen

Closing Remarks

Tuesday, April 19, 2016