Autistics United (AU) Canada is a grassroots self-advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Autistic people in what is colonially known as Canada.
Previously an international affiliate of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, the first chapter was founded in 2014. The organization was later established as Autistics United Canada, with now four chapters in Vancouver (Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Territory), Comox Valley (K'ómoks Territory), Manitoba (Anishnaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Territory, and Homeland of the Métis Nation), and Nova Scotia (Wabanaki Confederacy and Mi’kmaq Territory), as well as a network of self-advocates across the country.
AU Canada has worked hard to promote the inclusion of Autistic people in the conversations and decisions that affect our lives. All our leadership positions are held by Autistic people, reflecting our core value: “Nothing About Us, Without Us!”
AU Canada is also about building connections in the Autistic community and fostering a strong sense of Autistic identity and pride. We prioritize equity, inclusion, collaboration, autonomy, and self-determination. Our community is diverse and our approach is intersectional.
From local initiatives to national issues, Autistics United Canada has been at the forefront of Autistic-led advocacy in Canada.