The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder 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 and together we could make change happen. One thing we all agreed on was that this country needed a National Autism Strategy. 

Beginning in April 2009, and every year since to honour World Autism Awareness Day, CASDA 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 autism 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 Autism Strategy. It is committed to ensuring the implementation of a comprehensive National Autism Strategy that addresses critical gaps in funding and policies, which are preventing individuals with autism and their families from exercising their equal rights as Canadians.

Contact Us

To contact us please email info@casda.ca.

Our Work

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

Blueprint for a National Autism Strategy

Blueprint for a National Autism Strategy calls on the federal government to take a leadership role in supporting autistic Canadians, as well as their families and caregivers.

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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.

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Governance Materials

These documents offer a clear view into what CASDA has done and will do in the future to establish and meet CASDA’s vision, mission, goals and objectives.

Position Paper

Canadian Autism Partnership (CAP)

The Canadian Autism Partnership Project (CAPP) is mobilizing individuals and organizations across disciplines and sectors on a national level to accelerate innovation and action to address the most complex issues affecting Canadians living with autism.

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Ready Willing and Able

Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) is a national initiative active in 20 communities across Canada, with a branch in all 13 provinces and territories.

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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.


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.


Please take time to read the Governance Handbook that includes information on membership terms, membership privileges, and CASDA governance.

Leadership Summit 2019

April 2 and 3, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario

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