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Chapters

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

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 chapters@autisticadvocacy.org to learn more.

 

ASAN Chapters in the United States

California

Los Angeles/UCLA
Chapter Leaders: Sarah Pripas
asanucla@gmail.com

Sacramento
Chapter Leaders: Andy Voss and Zachary Miller
asansacramento@gmail.com

San Jose
Chapter Leader: Mark Romoser
markr@svilc.org

Kansas

Kansas City
Chapter Leader: Teigan Hockman
teigan.hockman@gmail.com

Massachusetts

Greater Boston
Chapter Leader: Andrew De Carlo
asannewengland@hotmail.com

New Jersey

Northern New Jersey
Chapter Leader: Rayn Kleipe-Green
rkleipe@gmail.com

New York

New York City
Chapter Leader: Jenny Dean and Jennifer Hughes
jennykdean@gmail.com, jennifer.hughes@purchase.edu

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Chapter Leader: Yosef Treitman
treity@rpi.edu

Ohio

Central Ohio/The Ohio State University
Chapter Leader: Justin Rooney
justin.rooney@gmail.com

Oregon

Portland
Chapter Leader: Andee Joyce
andeejr@gmail.com

Pennsylvania

York
Chapter Leader: Luke Anderson
nonlinearluke@gmail.com

Rhode Island

Rhode Island
Chapter Leaders: Emily Titon and Andrew Collins
asanrhodeisland@gmail.com

Texas

Dallas/Fort Worth
Chapter Leader: Andrea Parton
dellis38a@excite.com

Washington

Washington
Chapter Leaders: Matt Young
indigowombat@yahoo.com

International ASAN Affiliates

Australia

ASAN Australia
Chapter Leader: Katharine Annear
girl_interrupted@internode.on.net

International Partner Organizations

London Autistic Rights Movement (LARM)
United Kingdom
Contact: Roderick Cobley
larm2008@gmail.com

Autism Rights Group Highland (ARGH)
Scotland/United Kingdom
Contact: Kabie Brook
kb@arghighland.co.uk

The Autism Acceptance Project (TAAP)
Canada
Contact: Estée Klar
estee@taaproject.com

The Autistic Community of Israel (ACI)
Israel
Contact: Chen Gershuni
chen_gershuni@hotmail.com

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