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If you are interested in joining a chapter, please refer to our directory of chapters to find out if there is a chapter or affiliate that meets in your area.

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What ASAN chapters do

All ASAN chapters engage in advocacy work around the collective concept of self-advocacy, while also addressing individual forms of self-advocacy and building a community of Autistic adults in the local community.

Different chapters are formed under different conditions. Some may be formed by Autistics who are already part of an existing self-advocate run social group but wish to engage in advocacy activities as well. Others may be formed by Autistics who lack any social group in their local area, or who lack any self-advocate run groups.

The goal of advocacy is to help advance and protect the Autistic community’s interests in matters affecting us. Examples of advocacy/social change activities include:

  • Alliances with other organizations to promote policy or social change

  • Legislative testimonies

  • Letters to the Editor/Op-eds

  • Meetings with legislators

  • Protests

Social/support/Autistic culture activities are geared toward building a strong, vibrant, welcoming, inclusive, and helpful community among Autistics. These community-building activities include:

  • Autistic Pride Day events with a purely social component

  • Cooperative efforts around skills development in employment/education/etc.

  • Mentoring teenagers

  • Social activities (e.g. picnics, movie nights, or joining a function put on by the broader local disability community)

Do you have a strong grasp of disability rights, self-advocacy, and neurodiversity, and feel that you have time to lead a new ASAN chapter? Or do you have questions about our chapters? If so, write to to learn more.

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ASAN Chapters in the United States


Los Angeles 
Chapter Leader: Daniel Au Valencia

Chapter Leader: Stacy Shaw

San Diego
Chapter Leaders: Cindy Facteau

District of Columbia

Chapter Leader: Ma’ayan Anafi


Chapter Leader: Bennett Gaddes


Chapter Leaders: A. Burkhart and Timotheus Gordon, Jr.


Kansas City
Chapter Leader: Spencer Hunley


Chapter Leaders: Bev Harp and Ben Sherman 

Chapter Leaders: Mickey Ochoa & Micah Peace


Greater Boston
Chapter Leader: Finn Gardiner


Kansas City
Chapter Leader: Spencer Hunley

St. Louis
Chapter Leader: Andrea Glant

New Jersey

New Jersey State
Chapter Leader: Aaron Zisook

New York

New York City
Chapter Leader: Elizabeth Rosenzweig


Eugene (Lane County)
Chapter Leader: Amber Perry

Curry County
Chapter Leader: Erica Holmes


Chapter Leader: Luke Anderson


Chapter Leader: Chad Beadles


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International ASAN Affiliates


ASAN Australia
Chapter Leader: Katharine Annear


ASAN Vancouver
Chapter Leaders: Vivian Ly & Sam McCulligh

ASAN Winnipeg
Chapter Leader: Baden Gaeke Franz


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International Partner Organizations

Autism Rights Group Highland (ARGH)
Scotland/United Kingdom
Contact: Kabie Brook

The Autism Acceptance Project (TAAP)
Contact: Estée Klar

The Autistic Community of Israel (ACI)
Contact: Chen Gershuni


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