Autistics United Canada is an entirely volunteer-run organization. We cannot do the work we do without our dedicated volunteers driving our activities and creating autistics rights change in the world.
Ways to Volunteer
There are many ways for autistic people and friends to volunteer with Autistics United! If you have any questions or ideas about volunteering, please contact us. See the bottom of page for specific volunteer position openings.
1. Spread the word
Share about Autistics United Canada with your family and friends!
You can share our website or social media pages on your own website and social media pages.
2. Help make our materials more accessible
You can help us make resources more accessible from your home by:
Writing captions for our videos
Writing image descriptions for photographs, infographics, and other images
Translating resources into plain language
Translating resources into languages other than English
Suggesting improvements to our online materials
3. Join us
Become a member! Members can join existing chapters or contribute from anywhere across Canada.
Members receive event invitations, action alerts, and members-only materials and opportunities.
Autistics United activities rely on fundraisers by and for our community. Past fundraisers by members have included bake sales, button sales, and online crowdfunding campaigns--but can be anything you want! All proceeds go towards materials, equipment, and accessibility set-up for advocacy actions and socials.
If you have an idea for a fundraiser, contact us! We are happy to provide support to help you get started.
5. Autism Acceptance Month
Autism Acceptance Month is celebrated in April of each year.
Autism Acceptance Month was established as a counter-movement to damaging autism awareness campaigns. It is a movement that says neurodivergence should be radically accepted, and that acceptance is an action.
Chapters and individuals across Canada host social events and acceptance campaigns during April. If you are interesting in helping us with Autism Acceptance Month, please contact us. We will help you coordinate your event or action with others happening in the country.
6. Disability Day of Mourning
Every year on March 1st, Autistics United Canada participates in the Disability Day of Mourning, an international vigil for disabled people murdered by their caregivers. Day of Mourning was started by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network. We have participated in Disability Day of Mourning since 2014. To participate in Disability Day of Mourning, you can:
Our Neurodiversity Library features books related to neurodiversity and stim toys! Visit our Library page for more information.
We are always looking to expand and improve on our library! Please contact us if you are interested in donating to or helping maintain the library.
8. International Day of the Stim
The International Day of the Stim is September 17th. Started by Autistics for Autistics Ontario in 2018, Autistics United Canada provided support and hosted events to celebrate the day!
To get involved, you can:
submit stories, pictures, video, art, poems about stimming
host a sensory celebration event
9. Share your story
Our work is informed by stories and experience of autistic, neurodivergent, Deaf, and disabled people of all backgrounds. We want to hear from you! There are opportunities to write guest posts for our blog. As well, we welcome your experiences surrounding policies that we can advocate for change.
If you would like to share your story, contact us to submit:
10. Start your own project
Autistics United is about all of us, as leaders and as collaborators. If you have your own project that you would like to start, tell us! We can provide technical and peer support for local projects by self-advocates.