- Our History
- What CASDA wants to see in a National Autism Strategy?
- Why Do We Need A National Autism Strategy?
- Why Now?
A better quality of life for Autistic Canadians.
A successful National Autism Strategy can accomplish this.
The ultimate outcome is real, impactful, positive change for Autistic Canadians and their families.
CASDA is committed to ensuring the creation and implementation of a comprehensive National Autism Strategy that addresses critical gaps in funding and policies, which are preventing Autistic individuals and their families from exercising their equal rights as Canadians.
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.Read More
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.
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What CASDA wants to see in a National Autism Strategy?
The Goal: An Impactful, Measurable, Sustainable National Autism Strategy!
With the development of a National Autism Strategy recently being tasked to Minister of Health, Minister Patty Hajdu and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Minister Carla Qualtrough, CASDA works with government and mobilizes experts from across the country to develop a robust National Autism Strategy that ensures that all Autistic Canadians have full and equal access to the resources they require to achieve their full potential. A National Autism Strategy should have a clear and meaningful vision considering the whole lifespan and spectrum of needs of Canadians on the Autism Spectrum, with special considerations for vulnerable Autistic Canadians.Read More
A National Autism Strategy is a means to align policy, programs and services with that vision. The process is the product.
The way a National Autism Strategy is designed, the way it is implemented, and the way it drives action at provincial and community levels, and the way Autistic Canadians are involved at every stage are essential pieces of success.
Why Do We Need a National Autism Strategy?
Autism is the most common and fastest-growing neurodevelopmental condition in Canada, affecting 1 in 66 Canadians aged 5-17 and an estimated 500,000 people and their families nationwide. Without appropriate supports that fit their needs, Autistic people and their families see drastically worse health, education, employment and quality of life outcomes. These effects ripple throughout their communities. We need to do better.Read More
The autism community cannot afford to wait any longer. Families are being pushed to the breaking point. Canadians on the Spectrum have a right to equal access to health care and education that meets their needs and to participate fully in society. In April 2019, we launched a revitalized campaign for a National Autism Strategy with a Blueprint, followed by the Roadmap in March 2020. These documents outline areas for federal focus and delineate a potential timeline for the government to work together with the autism community in developing a Strategy.Read More