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Geetha Moorthy

She supports the South Asian autistic community by combatting stigma, promoting inclusivity, and cultivating empowering job opportunities.

Geetha Moorthy is a dedicated advocate for positive change, focusing on supporting the autistic community in Scarborough. In 2008, she founded the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC), initially assisting two families after recognizing the barriers and stigma faced by autistic individuals in the South Asian Community. In 2012, the SAAAC expanded and achieved charity status. 

Today, the SAAAC offers a range of free and paid programs, supporting over 800 families from diverse backgrounds across three facilities in Scarborough, Ontario. The SAAAC is infused with Geetha’s passion for the arts with programs in music, dance, and visual arts for the autistic community. In 2019, she established the Goodness Gift, an initiative that not only creates job opportunities for those with autism but also promotes inclusivity by crafting socially conscious gift boxes and hand-pouring candles at the SAAAC facility. Geetha’s mission is twofold: to eradicate the stigma surrounding autism and foster meaningful job opportunities.




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