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As a member of CASDA, you will become aligned with a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals committed to a national shared leadership movement. It is imperative that we work together to create a greater voice for the Autism community in Canada.

CASDA’s organizational member agencies account for more than $400 million in revenue, and in turn, contributions to their communities. This number is based on revenue data from only 68% of our organizational members. The National Autism Strategy, which is aimed at improving outcomes for autistic Canadians and their families can only enhance these contributions to Canada’s economic and social strength.

Benefits of Membership

The ability to advocate with a strong, collaborative, unified voice through participation in a national shared leadership movement.

A public profile on all marketing and exhibit materials supporting the work of CASDA.

Your name displayed on CASDA’s website.

Staying connected and receiving regular updates through the CASDA e-newsletter.

Involvement in working groups.

Discounted rates for the annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit.

Membership is open to organizations and individuals that abide by the spirit of the vision and goals of CASDA and agree in principle and practice to the Statement of Agreement (below).

Statement of Agreement

CASDA is a group of organizations and individuals that share the common belief that Canada’s Federal Government needs a National Autism Strategy. The Board of Directors is dedicated to representing and working on behalf of CASDA’s members to ensure issues of mutual importance are being brought to the attention of our Federal Government.

The vision of CASDA is that all Autistic Canadians Autism have full and equal access to the resources they require to achieve their full potential.

The goals of CASDA are to:

  • Guide a National Autism Strategy with a collective and consistent message;
  • Work with the Federal Government to provide a strong, collaborative voice of input into the development of a National Autism Strategy;
  • Ensure the successful implementation of a National Autism Strategy that addresses identified needs;
  • Endorse the right of all Autistic individuals and their families, to exercise their equal rights as Canadians.

There are 3 steps in becoming a member:

Step 1 – Identify the type of membership you want to purchase

Organization Member

This paid membership is available to Canadian organizations whose mandate supports autism and is incorporated as a charity and/or not-for-profit organization. Organization Members will have voting privileges.

Community Member

This paid membership is available to individuals and organizations that would not be considered for organization members, likely because they are for-profit or are not incorporated. Community Members will have voting privileges.

Associate Member

This free membership is available to individuals, groups and organizations that wish to remain aligned with CASDA and receive regular updates. Associate Members do not have voting privileges.

*Updated membership descriptions were formalized in 2021.

Step 2 – Choose the appropriate membership fee

Memberships are renewed each year on April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day. Fees are prorated accordingly in your first year of membership.

Organization Membership Fee: $150

Community Membership Fee: $30  

Associate Membership Fee: $0

Step 3 – Fill out the application form