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.
The National Autism Strategy, which is aimed at improving outcomes for autistic Canadians and their families, will enhance these contributions to Canada’s economic and social strength. We always welcome new members as we support the government in implementing the National Autism Strategy.
CASDA is part of a National Partnership with CACL (Canadian Association for Community Living), Ready Willing and Able and their members. Active in 20 communities across the country, RWA is designed to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).