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What We Do

Our Mission

Autism Speaks Canada is dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families by supporting and working with community partners; enhancing resources and services; increasing understanding, acceptance and inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

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Our Grants

We are committed to supporting the autism community in Canada through our Research Grants & Fellowships, Family Service Community Grants and Strategic Targeted Initiatives.

Family Services Community Grants

Every year in April we launch grants to autism service providers to increase their capacity and to effectively serve the autism community in Canada. Grants are selected through a rigorous review process, through a community panel of autistic individuals, family members, friends, service providers and research experts across Canada. Since 2010, we have granted $5 million to over 300 organizations across Canada.

Science grants and fellowships

Autism Speaks Canada and Autism Speaks in the USA share a passionate commitment to their common goals and shared mission. We work collaboratively with Autism Speaks in the USA for awarding research grants and fellowships for research projects.

Since 2006, Canadians have received research grants and fellowships through this collaboration. We have funded over $9.9M in science grants and fellowships. Get to know about these great life-enhancing research breakthroughs and genetic discoveries.

Strategic Targeted Initiative

Our Strategic Targeted Initiative Grants are special funds offered to support capital campaigns and operational requirements for service organizations across Canada. Since 2014, we have granted $1 million to two organizations in Canada.

Our Programs

Throughout the year, we work with autistic Canadians, our partners, friends and supporters to create autism friendly programs to meet the urgent needs of our community.

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Stories from Our Community

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