PDA North America

Support & Resources for Individuals, Families, and Professionals living with Pathological Demand Avoidance

PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)

PDA is an autistic profile that is finally gaining recognition in the United States. PDA children and adults avoid everyday demands and have a persistent drive for autonomy. The demand avoidance is a symptom of the need for autonomy. PDA individuals have a highly sensitive nervous system that triggers a threat response. These highly anxious individuals are frequently not recognized as being autistic and in need of understanding and support.
Over the last few years, a successful movement has started to change this. We have accomplished a great deal by providing resources, training and support to our community while focusing on spreading awareness. 
We are still in the infancy of this mission as there is so much work to be done. We hope that you will find information and belonging. We are a small but mighty community and we have only just gotten started. 

Welcome to the PDA movement. It's an exciting place to be.


Our mission is bold. We want to spread awareness of PDA to parents, individuals, educators and therapists throughout the US and Canada. We want to create resources for families to have a place to turn for support and guidance. We want professionals to be able to receive training, consultation and information in order to effectively teach or treat PDAers. And we want PDAers to know that they are understood and supported. In short, to build a strong and vibrant community for this underserved population.

With your support and donations, we will continue to grow and offer more support services and programming for the PDA community. The sky is the limit. If you’d like to get involved in the PDA Movement in North America, don’t hesitate to reach out! 

PDA North America is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. All donations are tax-deductible.