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.
All Canadians living with ASD have full and equal access to the resources they require to achieve their full potential.
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.
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.
Chair – Executive Director, Autism Nova Scotia
Vice-Chair – Executive Director, Geneva Centre for Autism
Treasurer & Past Chair – Executive Director, Autism Canada
Secretary – President/Founder, QuickStart – Early Intervention for Autism
CASDA works hard to bring national attention to ASD. Below you’ll find the work we are doing on your behalf.
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.
This paper is a work in progress that details areas for our federal government to take action.Download Now
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.
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.
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.
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.
SpecialNeedsAdvocacy& Education Network
Audrée Jeanne Beaudoin
Marie-Claire Flores Pajot
*PLEASE NOTE: The agenda is subject to change without notice.