Author: CASDA

Predictors of Changes in Daily Activity in Transition‐Age Autistic Youth Research Article

Using CASDA’s Needs Assessment as baseline data, Dr Jonathan Weiss and his team conducted a study about transition-age Autistic youth. The research highlights that Autistic young people who are transitioning to adulthood are at greatest risk of losing structured weekday activities, and that once in adulthood, many continue to struggle to obtain meaningful community engagement. […]

Chatbox Engagement Survey

The University of Alberta is collecting data from individuals who have a child with a neurodevelopmental disability to improve the life outcomes of these families by developing a Chatbox. CASDA has partnered with the University of Alberta on this project as a principal knowledge user. The University of Alberta will be collecting this information through […]

Autism: Living Life to the Full for 18+

Click the link below to register for “Autism: Living Life to the Full for 18+”. An 8 week program that has been designed specifically to address the mental health issues which can impact an individuals ability to take charge of their life and move ahead. This program is presented by Calm Spectrum Consulting and Spero […]

Welcome to our MITACS Fellow!

  We would like to welcome Dr. Jacalyn Guy to the CASDA team! Dr. Jacalyn Guy is passionate about improving the well-being of autistic individuals and individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. She is currently pursuing this interest as the recent recipient of a MITACS-CASDA postdoctoral fellowship. Jacalyn’s projects will focus on coordinating autism-related and pan-disability data […]

Publication: Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of caregivers and families of autistic people: A rapid synthesis review

A CASDA partnered publication, “Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of caregivers and families of autistic people: A rapid synthesis review” seeks to better understand the documented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on caregivers and families and on the response of mental health services.  Authors include CASDA staff and members. To read […]

Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations

CASDA participated in the 2021 federal pre-budget consultations, led by the Federal Standing Committee on Finance. A submission has been prepared reflecting priorities within the wellbeing of autistic Canadians and their loved ones. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance had asked for submissions for their pre-budget consultations to be tabled in the House […]

CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Vivian Lee, and Dr. Jonathan Weiss for being awarded CIHR’s Knowledge Synthesis Grant: COVID19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity in Mental Health & Substance Abuse.  CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)  has published their preliminary rapid synthesis report on the Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of caregivers and families […]

Disability Leadership Coalition proposal

The Pan-Canadian Disability Coalition concept note was produced by a small group of representatives from the disability sector. This group (which included DAWN, CASDA, CCRW, L’Arche, Easter Seals, BCANDS, CACL, CCD, Realize and a few more) created the concept note of which is now going to the broader disability community. It will be presented to Minister […]


We have received such a positive response to our recent FAQ document that we have decided to create the #ASKCASDA campaign. If you have any questions for our CASDA team that we haven’t answered in the FAQ document, please reach out to us, and a member of our team will get back to you as […]

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