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
Letters to the Editor/Op-eds
Meetings with legislators
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.
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 email@example.com to learn more.
ASAN Chapters in the United States
Chapter Leader: Mark Romoser
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Chapter Leader: Yosef Treitman
Chapter Leaders: Emily Titon and Andrew Collins