Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA)

Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA)

October 19, 2010 07:00 ET

Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA): One Canadian Voice for Autism

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2010) - The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) has launched their website, which includes their position paper and how to join.

CASDA is a growing coalition of organizations sharing common goals, objectives, and a dedication to working with the ASD community. Their goal is to ensure the development of a comprehensive national autism strategy that will more effectively serve and support individuals with ASD and their families across Canada.

Representing 38 Canadian autism organizations, CASDA's position paper discusses national surveillance, best practices, financial assistance to families and much more. 

After the Senate Committee Report "Pay Now or Pay Later: Autism Families in Crisis" March 2007, it was clear that the autism community needed to work more closely together to maximize their effectiveness at the federal level. Today, CASDA is working in partnership with the Federal Government to develop a proposal for the advancement of a national autism strategy.

Comments from CASDA's leadership committee:

"Autism organizations and groups across Canada are working diligently to fill their niche roles in servicing, supporting and advocating for individuals living with an ASD and their families. At the same time there is a real need to work together to develop partnerships with the Federal Government to advance CASDA's mission."

- Kathleen Provost, Executive Director, Autism Society Canada.

"There is a vital need for a strong and unified voice to advance the collective messages of our sector. CASDA has emerged with that voice and the mandate to speak for the sector. CASDA is committed to ensuring that its focus remains on pressing for a national ASD strategy, which will benefit all the stakeholders across the provinces and territories."

- Margaret Whelan, Executive Director, Geneva Centre for Autism.

"CASDA is about working with our Federal Government with a clear unified vision within an inclusive, cohesive entity. Working together for change is long over-due." 

- Laurie Mawlam, Executive Director, Autism Canada Foundation.

Please visit CASDA's website, and we invite you to join this inclusive proactive alliance.

• Autism Society of Canada representing: Autism Society of British Columbia & Autism Society Alberta includes: Autism Society of Edmonton Area, Autism Calgary Association, Autism Society Central Alberta, Autism Society Lethbridge, FEAT Alberta & SASKFeat & Autism Society Manitoba & Autism Ontario & Fédération québécoise de l'autisme et des autres troubles envahissants du développement & Autism Society of New Brunswick & Autism Council of Nova Scotia & Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador & Autism Society of Prince Edwards Island & Autism Northwest Territories & Autism Society of Yukon. • Autism Foundation of Canada, • Geneva Centre for Autism – Ontario, • Aspergers Society of Ontario, • Autism Community Training (ACT) – BC, • Autism Portage Support Group – Manitoba, • Autism Resource Centre – Saskatchewan, • Autism Service – Saskatchewan, • Autism Today – Alberta, • Hands –Ontario, • Pro-Autism – Quebec, • Provincial Autism Centre – Nova Scotia, • Society for Treatment of Autism – Alberta, • Quickstart – Early Intervention for Autism – Ontario, • Valley Autism Support Team – Nova Scotia, • Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network (CAIRN), • Autism Spectrum Disorders – Canadian.

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