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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 Obejas
dtobejas@gmail.com

Sacramento
Chapter Leaders: Stacy Shaw
asansacramento@gmail.com

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

 Colorado

University of Colorado, Boulder
Chapter Leaders: Meda Foreman, Emily Foster
medaforeman@gmail.com, emneiley@gmail.com

Georgia

Atlanta
Chapter Leader: Kit Mead
silverbrook.aka.silva@gmail.com

 Illinois

Chicago
Chapter Leader: Amanda Burkhart
missus.burkhart@gmail.com

Kansas

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

 Kentucky

Lexington
Chapter Leader: Bev Harp
bevharp64@gmail.com

Massachusetts

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

Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul
Chapter Leader: Chris Juhn
chrisjuhnphotography@yahoo.com

Missouri 

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

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

New Jersey

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

New York

New York City
Chapter Leader: Betsy Kolmus
ekolmus@gmail.com

New York State/YOUTH POWER!
Chapter Leader: Melanie Hecker (Youth Power)
mhecker@youthpowerny.org

North Carolina

Nashville
Chapter Leader: Joshua White
jwhite188@st.nashcc.edu

 

Oregon

Eugene
Chapter leaders: Amber Perry, Alex Taylor
asperamber@gmail.comalextaylor1359@gmail.com

Portland
Chapter Leader: Phoebe Loomis
p.loomis.pdx@gmail.com

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

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh 
Chapter Leader: Cecilia Frazer
asanpgh@gmail.com

York
Chapter Leader: Luke Anderson
nonlinearluke@gmail.com

 

Texas

Dallas/Ft. Worth
Andrea Parton
dellis38a@excite.com

 

Washington

Washington
Chapter Leaders: Matt Young and Kit Albrecht
seattle@autisticadvocacy.orgalbrecht.kit@gmail.com 

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International ASAN Affiliates

Australia

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

Canada

ASAN Vancouver
Chapter leader: Alanna Whitney
alannarosewhitney@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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