Pandemic Canadian Autism Needs Assessment Survey (PanCANS

During these challenging times, it is important to understand the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the autism community. We invite caregivers with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and self-advocates/autistic adults to participate by filling out the survey to share their experiences to help inform on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

Informing Canada’s Autism Strategy: How to get Involved

  On April 16, members of Kids Brain Health Network joined CASDA for our second WAMWebinar to discuss the five working groups of the National Autism Strategy and how they affect autistic Canadians. As discussed in the webinar, we are now looking for Canadian stakeholders to join one of the following working groups to assist […]

Canadian Disability Coalition Leadership Group Achievements

As part of the Canadian Disability Coalition Leadership Group, CASDA has done the following related to COVID-19 pandemic response: March 24, 2020 – Sent recommendations to support people with disabilities to Minister Qualtrough signed by 34 organizations. April 9, 2020 – Drafted a letter writing campaign launched to Government of Canada and all provincial and […]

Work Placement Student Reflection

Hello CASDA members, Considering the COVID-19 situation, my placement with CASDA is ending sooner than anticipated. May will be my last month as a graduate student with you. These past four month have been quite the journey! And I mean that literally, as I have been acquainted with you by gathering your narratives about the […]

For occupational therapists in Canada – CASDA and CAOT are putting together a Professional Issue Forum

Thursday May 7 at 2PM EST Occupational therapists offer a wide range of services to help people with autism spectrum disorder realize their full potential in daily occupational engagement and performance. Unfortunately, funding and access to occupational therapy are inconsistent (per provincial jurisdiction), and too often suboptimal in our country. The Canadian Association of Occupational […]

COVID-19 Triage Protocols and the Rights of People with Disabilities

CASDA is among 62 disability organizations across the country calling for rights-based non-discriminatory guidelines for healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter below addressed to the Honourable Justin Trudeau, Minister Patty Hajdu, Minister Carla Qualtrough, Provincial and Territorial Premiers, and Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health. Here’s how you can send your support too: […]

COVID-19 and Disability: Recommendations to the Canadian Government from Disability Related Organizations in Canada – March 24, 2020

It is imperative that the Government of Canada urgently address the unique vulnerabilities of people with disabilities and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. People with disabilities represent 22% of the Canadian population. Many are at extreme risk and require additional support to ensure their health and safety at this time. Some people with disabilities […]

COVID-19 Advisory Update

The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) is an alliance dedicated to improving health and wellbeing of autistic Canadians and their families. We take that mandate seriously and it is our highest priority to protect the health and wellbeing of our community, our members, local Ottawa residents and all those who support CASDA. After a […]

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