Autisme de l’Est-du-Québec (ADEQ), a non-profit organization established by parents in 1979, offers services to the communities of the Lower St-Lawrence, Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands.

Our mission

The mission of the ADEQ is to improve and promote the quality of life of families and friends of people with ASD.

Our mandate

  • Support families and friends of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);

  • Provide information and increase awareness among the networks, service providers and the population regarding the realities of people with ASD, their families and friends;

  • Promote and defend the rights and interests of people with ASD.


    Activities and Services

  • Support and information for families;

  • Support in the promotion and defence of the rights of people with ASD;

  • Education and support in work, recreational and school environments;

  • Telephone support;

  • Organisation of support groups, conferences, training and social activities;

  • Documentation centre;

  • Info-letter; Press revieuw; ASD Current affairs

  • Facebook and Internet site.


To become a member of the ADEQ, please complete this form and send it to us. The form is also available on our website.

Ways to give and support our mission

We offer you the possibility to make a donation through Canadon or simply by sending us a check. By cliking on the below logo, you will be redirected to a secure link allowing you to  make your donation using a credit card, Paypal, a gift card or Interac. Make sure you chose ADEQ din the organization list. We are grateful of your generosity!



For more information about CANADON, visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/why-canadahelps/ways-to-give/

About ASD

Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified have been regrouped under the name Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is characterized by significant impairment in two areas:

•         Persistent difficulty in communication and social interaction;

•         Limited or repetitive behaviours, activities and interests.

The term Autism Spectrum Disorder refers to a continuum of degrees of impairment severity and of the intensity of symptoms that are possible. The term also refers to the variation in the type and amount of support individuals require for daily functioning. Characteristics must be observed before the age of three years for the person to be recognized as having ASD.

The scientific community does not yet agree on the causes of autism. However, it is estimated that the disorder affects 1% of the population.


Some behaviours observed in people with ASD:

  • Avoids eye contact;

  • Prefers solitary activities;

  • Reacts highly or mildly to certain stimuli (smells, sounds, textures);

  • Has an excellent memory;

  • Delayed development in language skills or autonomy;

  • Play focuses on aligning, categorizing or classifying objects;

  • Talks obsessively on certain topics and has difficulty stopping;

  • Appears to be deaf, but has good hearing;

  • Resists hugs;

  • Does not seem to have a sense of danger;

  • Has difficulty understanding non-verbal language;

  • Has trouble communicating with people.


Autism Canada


Autism Speaks


Reseau National d'Expertise en TSA (RNETSA)


Fédération Québécoise de l'Autisme


Autism Ontario


Autism Consultants (NB)


Autism ressource center (NB)


Hanen Center





ASD Current Affairs

You may now download the ASD Current Affairs, our annual journal. (see under Pièces jointes)

News from ADEQ, chronics (Developing and maintaining a  collaborative relationship with the school, Taking care of your mental health, Access to services, not always easy !) and congratulations to some of our members. 

Printed in September, this bulletin was released exclusively to our members, but is now available onlilne for the benefit of all. To receive a printed version, please become a member.

Enjoy ! 

We speak english!

The ADEQ is currently in the process of translating its documents. However, if you need our services, please know that our gaspesian community worker is able to help you in English.

Please contact Mariane: 1-855-827-2525 or 581-886-7575