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

How AIDE Canada is Funded: AIDE Canada is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and by in-kind contributions from our hub network.

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AIDE Canada’s Approach to Ableism

Ableism is discrimination in favor 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.

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

Fostering Community Conversation

Community conversation is at the heart of everything we do, and everything we want to be. We would love for you to read about the past surveys and focus groups that informed everything we have created on this site. Our 2020 Community Consultation Report is available. We never want to stop listening and responding to our community.

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

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.

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