Our Story

Magnusmode was founded by the sister of an autistic young man, who was driven by passion and love to build an accessibility movement powered by technology. Get the MagnusCards App and join the revolution.

— Our Incredible Story

Magnusmode founder Nadia with her younger brother

Inspired by Sibling Love

Nadia Hamilton, Founder of Magnusmode, grew up helping her autistic brother Troy to complete everyday tasks, like brushing his teeth. To lessen his anxiety and support independence, she created hand-drawn step-by-step guides that he was able to follow along with and re-enact. Just simple crayon drawings on paper, the guides nonetheless provided the structure and foresight he needed to do things on his own.

When Troy graduated from high school, the homemade drawings were not enough to support him to participate in the world. Nadia worked as a Support Worker throughout university and realized that many families were facing a similar issue: the world was not designed with the special needs of their loved ones in mind. That’s when she decided to build Magnusmode, a company dedicated to removing the barriers that affect an individual’s ability to thrive in the world.

Magnusmode’s first solution, MagnusCards, is the digitalized version of the hand-drawn solution she made for her brother when they were younger. It’s the ultimate strategy guide for life, with an ever-expanding library of guides (Card Decks) for home and community experiences. Companies and venues across North America share Nadia’s vision of an accessible world, and sponsor the creation of branded Card Decks to help welcome and support all customers.

What began with the love of a sister for her brother has grown into an accessibility movement powered by technology, with a fun character mascot named Magnus (designed by and for the community), transforming home, school, and community life worldwide.

Our Vision & Mission
“MagnusCards is fantastic for lowering anxiety levels and ultimately making trips smoother and more enjoyable.”

- Beverly, mother of an autistic teen

Our Vision

We envision a world where autistic and neurodiverse people live with independence and inclusion, and their caregivers have greater peace of mind.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to create practical tools that improve everyday experiences and enable people with neurodiverse abilities to participate in the world in ways that are meaningful to them.

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— Meet the Team

Our Team

  • Nadia

    Founder, President & CEO

  • Aimée

    Production Manager

  • Valentin

    Technology Team Lead

  • Nikita

    Production Assistant

  • Helena

    Production Assistant

  • Stefanie

    Board-Certified Autism Education Specialist

  • Raquel

    Graphic Designer

  • Debbie


  • OPEN

    Collaboration for Cognitive Accessibility - Autistic Community Advisors

Board of Directors

  • Nadia Hamilton


  • Julie McDowell


Supporters and Advisors

Thank you to the organizations and people who have helped us along the way.

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Centre for Social Innovation

Winner, $25K Project Wildfire Social Business Pitch Competition.

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Centennial College

Applied Research Collaboration

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Beta Launched

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Communitech ASCent (Accelerating Social Cause Entrepreneurs):

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Golden Triangle Angel Network

Private Investment



Grant Recipient

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Ontario Centres of Excellence

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Radical Generosity Fund Recipient

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Waterloo Accelerator Centre

Accelerator Program Graduate

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$500K Winner

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Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC)

Changemaker Award

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Magnusmode U.S. Inc.


Community Access Partners

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Barrie Transit

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Brampton Library

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Brampton Transit

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Burlington Transit

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Grand River Transit

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San Francisco International Airport

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