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 April 2009, and every year since, CASDA has worked with Members of Parliament and Senators to advocate for federal leadership on Autism with a unified voice for real change.

Our Alliance has grown in number and impact since 2007. We always welcome new members as we support the government in implementing a National Autism Strategy.


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.

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