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Chapters

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 chapters@autisticadvocacy.org to learn more.

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ASAN Chapters in the United States

California

Los Angeles 
Chapter Leader: Daniel Au Valencia
DanielAuValencia@gmail.com

Sacramento
Chapter Leader: Stacy Shaw
asansacramento@gmail.com

Bay Area
Chapter Leader: Kat Sundberg
kat.sundberg@gmail.com

San Diego
Chapter Leader: Cindy Facteau
autisticadvocacysandiego@gmail.com

Colorado 

Denver
Chapter Leaders: Meda Foreman & Tania Elmore
medaforeman@gmail.com

District of Columbia

Washington
Chapter Leaders: Kristian Young and Ma’ayan Anafi
youngkris1990@gmail.com

Georgia

Atlanta
Chapter Leader: Bennett Gaddes
asan.atlanta@gmail.com

 Illinois

Chicago
Chapter Leaders: A. Burkhart and Timotheus Gordon, Jr.
ASANchicagoland@gmail.com

Kansas

Kansas City
Chapter Leader: Marshall Edwards
mfe101@gmail.com

Kentucky

Lexington
Chapter Leaders: Bev Harp and Ben Sherman
bevharp64@gmail.com 

Louisville
Chapter Leader: Mickey Vincent
louisvilleasan@gmail.com

Massachusetts

Greater Boston
Chapter Leader: Finn Gardiner
fgardiner@autisticadvocacy.org

Missouri 

Kansas City
Chapter Leader: Marshall Edwards
mfe101@gmail.com

St. Louis
Chapter Leader: Andrea Glant
jaglant96@yahoo.com

New Jersey

New Brunswick
Chapter Leader: Aaron Zisook
autisticadvocacynj@gmail.com

New York

New York City
Chapter Leader: Elizabeth Rosenzweig
asan.nyc@gmail.com

Ohio

Cincinnati
Chapter Leader: Samantha Quinn
sweoasan@gmail.com

Oregon

Eugene (Lane County)
Chapter Leader: Amber Perry
asperamber@gmail.com

Curry County
Chapter Leader: Erica Holmes
asancurrycounty@gmail.com

Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy
Executive Director: Cori Frazer
cori@autisticpgh.org 

York
Chapter Leader: Luke Anderson
nonlinearluke@gmail.com

Tennessee 

Nashville
Chapter Leader: Chad Beadles
asannashville@gmail.com

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International ASAN Affiliates

Australia

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

Canada

ASAN Winnipeg
Chapter Leaders: Baden Gaeke Franz & Riki Entz
asanwinnipeg@gmail.com

 

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International Partner Organizations

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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