AIDE Canada

The Autism and/or Intellectual Disability Knowledge Exchange Network (AIDE Canada) is a tool to connect members of our community to the information and resources that they need. We deliver credible, reliable, and evidence-informed resources in an unbiased and accessible way.

The Autism and/or Intellectual Disability Knowledge Exchange Network

The Autism and/or Intellectual Disability Knowledge Exchange Network (AIDE Canada) stands as a beacon of support and empowerment for individuals across the autism and intellectual disability community, including self-advocates, parents, families, caregivers, and service providers. As a national initiative, AIDE Canada is dedicated to fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration, bridging the gap between information seekers and reliable resources.Fueled by the generous funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, AIDE Canada serves as a vital lifeline, offering a wealth of trustworthy information and resources tailored to the diverse needs of our community.

Whether you're seeking guidance on navigating the healthcare system, accessing educational resources, or exploring employment opportunities, AIDE Canada is your go-to source for accurate, up-to-date information and support.

Over 4,800 library items available to borrow
92% report increased knowledge of autism and/or intellectual disabilities

AIDE's Approach To Ableism

Ableism is discrimination in favour of people who are able-bodied and/or neurotypical. AIDE Canada endorses the social model of disability as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We believe that it is society’s response to difference, not the difference itself, that creates disability.

Being respectful of individuals’ identity language preferences: we ask each individual how they prefer to be identified and use their stated preference. Some of our self-advocate staff prefer to identify as autistic, others prefer to identify as a person with autism. If you see us using either term to refer to a particular person it’s because we asked them and they told us that this was their preference.

Read our 2022/23 Year in Review here.

AIDE Canada Latest Resources

Ensuring Safety: A Parent’s Perspective

Written by a parent for parents, this toolkit offers considerations in seeking safety for one's child with autism. Areas in which an autistic individual may grapple with issues of safety are addressed, along with ideas for moving forward well and developing a safety plan.

Autism: It’s Not Just For Males Anymore

This Toolkit is intended to inform educators, parents, and yet-to-be diagnosed females, transgendered and non-binary individuals about an alternative presentation of autism.

Borrow From Our Library

Borrow free books, audiobooks, ebooks and more from the AIDE Canada Library. The library is open to everyone in Canada.

Locate Programs

Search over 4000 programs and services for the autism and/or intellectual disability community in Canada. Find relevant programs in your area.  

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