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

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

Contact Us

To contact us please email info@ASDalliance.org

Board of Directors

CASDA’s Board of Directors is made of representatives from some of Canada’s leading autism organizations.

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Cynthia Carroll

Chair – Executive Director, Autism Nova Scotia

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Debbie Irish

Vice-Chair – Executive Director, Geneva Centre for Autism

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Laurie Mawlam

Treasurer & Past Chair – Executive Director, Autism Canada

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Suzanne Jacobson

Secretary – President/Founder, QuickStart – Early Intervention for Autism

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Dave Mikkelsen

Director – Executive Director, Society for Treatment of Autism

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Jill Farber

Director – Executive Director, Autism Speaks Canada

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Amy Lonsberry

Appointed Director – Board Secretary, Sinneave Family Foundation

Our Work

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

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.


Canadian Autism Partnership (CAP)

Creating a plan for us to work together for real change for Canadians living with autism and their families.




This paper is a work in progress that details areas for our federal government to take action.


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.



Visit the list of autism organizations and individuals that support the work of CASDA and are proud to be a member. Sitting at a neutral table with a unified voice will ensure we get a plan or a National Autism Strategy.


Please take time to read the Articles of Membership that includes information on membership terms, membership privileges, and CASDA governance.


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.

Our Members

Visit the list of autism organizations and individuals that support the work of CASDA and are proud to be a member. Sitting at a neutral table with a unified voice will ensure we get a plan for a National Autism Strategy.

  • ACT – Autism Community Training

    Autism Society of BC

    BC Autism Assessment Network

    Canucks Autism Network

    Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

    Autism Okanagan

    Kids Matter Inc.

    Pacific Autism Family Centre

    Pivot Point Family Growth Centre Inc.

  • Ability Society

    Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary

    Autism Calgary Association

    Autism Society of Alberta

    Centre for Autism Services Alberta

    Sinneave Family Foundation

    Society for Treatment of Autism

    Special Needs Advocacy & Education Network

    Technology North Corporation

    University of Alberta, Augustana Campus

    University of Calgary

  • Autism Resource Centre Regina

    Autism Services Saskatoon

    Parent Advocates for Autism Treatment in Saskatchewan

  • Asperger Manitoba


  • Able2Learn Inc.

    Aspergers Society of Ontario

    Autism Ontario

    Autism Partnership (Canada) Inc

    Brock University

    Calm Spectrum Consulting

    Carleton University

    CHEO Autism Program

    Children at Risk

    Dovercourt Recreation Centre

    Geneva Centre for Autism


    Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca


    Integrated Autism Consulting

    iSAnD (Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental disorders)

    Kerry’s Place

    La Société Franco-Ontarienne de l’autisme


    Pinnacle Health Services Centre

    Pivotal Minds ASD Treatment Centre Inc.

    QuickStart – Early Intervention for Autism

    Reach Toronto

    South Asian Autism Awareness Centre

    Specialisterne Canada – Ontario

    Spectrum Intervention Group

    Surrey Place Centre

    The Lighthouse Learning and Development Centre

    The Redpath Centre

    Woodview Children’s Centre

  • Autisme Sans Limites

    Bourgeons en Éclat – Buds in Bloom

    Gold Centre

    La Fondation Place Coco/The Little Red Playhouse

    Miriam Foundation


    Université de Sherbrooke

  • Autism Resource Centre Miramichi

    Autism Resource Centre Moncton

    Upper Valley Autism Resource Centre

  • Autism Nova Scotia

    Paths2Learning Academy & Society

  • Stars for Life Foundation

  • Autism Society of NL

  • Autism Canada

    Autism Speaks Canada

    Autism Spectrum Disorders – Canadian-American Research Consortium (ASD-CARC)

    The Autism Spectrum Interdisciplinary Research Programme (AIR)

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    Sheila Bell

    Joanne Beyers

    Uma Bucha

    Selina deGroot

    Andre D’lorio

    Norman Donovan

    Bette-Anne Folkard

    Laurie Kathleen Fox

    Cindy Greene

    Stephanie Haber

    Bonita Harman

    Steve Horner

    Jane Kaminsky

    Andrew Kavchak

    Bill Locke

    Mallory MacEwan

    Annette Maveety

    Adam McCrimmon

    Catherine Michaluk

    Kathleen Provost

    Elaine Rounds

    Anna Spinola

    Paulina Stayanova

    Karin Steiner

    Corey Walker

    Margaret Whelan

    Jimmy Lavoie

    Kym Hume

    Linda Mastroianni

    Maria Chumak

    Nicole Park

    Rachael Riethman

    Susan McGowan

    Marie-Claire Flores Pajot

    Kevin Conway

    Brenda Rothenberg

    Angela Christine Luck

    Teresa Hedley

    Audrée Jeanne Beaudoin

    Lonnie Zwaigenbaum

    Evdokia Anagnostou

    Pierre Beaudin

    Julie Bridgen

    Jaimie Coleman

    Stephanie Fecteau

    Leanne Forrest

    Mirhad Loncar

    Shane Lynch

    Louise Paul

    Natacha Raphael

    Laurel Ryan

    Sylvia Sikakane

    Arlene White

    Norma Williams

    Zari Yaraghi

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Leadership Summit 2016

Join CASDA for our second annual Canadian Autism Leadership Summit.

APRIL 18 – 19, 2016

Delta Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon St. N. Ottawa, ON



Keep up to date with all of CASDA’s happenings.






Keep up to date with all of CASDA’s happenings.