Maddy (Matthew) Dever (they/them) is an Autistic adult and parent of five children with three also on the autism spectrum, living in Carleton Place in rural Eastern Ontario. Matthew advocates with both provincial and federal governments for inclusion and acceptance of Autistic individuals and for Autistic people to have their own voice in policy decisions. Maddy has been an advocate for change in education, affordable and accessible housing, as well as moving disability supports rates out of poverty levels.

Matthew is a former member of the Ontario Autism Program Advisory Panel, and current member of the Ontario Autism Program Implementation Working Group. 

Maddy is founder of Autistic Bridge, an Autistic-led self-advocacy group, and a leader in the National Disability Strategy movement to build a nation-wide coalition of disability organizations to advocate for meeting all needs of all disabilities at all ages. They are also on the Board of Directors of Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA), where they are helping with aspects of developing a National Autism Strategy as well as having spoken at the annual CASDA Summit in 2020

Maddy is on the Board of Directors of ConnectWell Community Health, a rural organization supporting thousands of citizens, including supports and services for Autistic children, youth, adults and their families.

Matthew has also led workshops and panels on topics surrounding autism and education.  They have spoken about autism with many groups including ECHO Autism Ontario, which works to educate and inform health professionals on issues related to autism. They have recently joined the ECHO Autism Ontario Expert Hub Team.

Maddy has also been selected as an inaugural member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Autism Equity

In Matthew’s “spare time”, they are a web and graphic designer.

Full Resume of Maddy Dever

Advocacy

  • Writer/Publisher of matthewdever.ca
  • Autism Consultant through webAdvocacy 2020 – present
  • Board Member of Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) – 2021 – present
  • Editor of Canadian Journal of Autism Equity – 2021 – present
  • Autistic Advisor – CHMC/ Housing Through An Autism Lens – 2020 – present
  • Hub Expert (Autistic Parent) – ECHO Ontario Autism – 2020 – present
  • Board Member of ConnectWell Community Health (formerly known as Lanark & Renfrew Health & Community Services) – 2020 – present
  • Member of Ontario Autism Program Implementation Working Group – 2019 – present
  • CASDA Policy Working Group – 2020
  • Member of Ontario Autism Program Advisory Panel – 2019
  • Board Member – Children At Risk – 2006 – 2009
  • Board Member – Advocis Ottawa – 2007 – 2009

Web Designer

  • 1995 – present