The Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Leadership Academy, a project of the Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), prepares Autistic students to create systems change on their college campuses. Participants acquire valuable skills in community organizing, policy formation, and grassroots & campus-based activism. Alumni receive support and technical assistance in implementing their advocacy goals following the training.
The ACI Summer Leadership Academy takes place in Washington, D.C. for one week in early to mid-June. Applicants must identify as Autistic and be current college students with at least one year remaining before graduation. Travel and lodging are fully covered by ASAN.
The ACI Summer Leadership Academy was established in 2012, when the first cohort of autistic students spent a week in Baltimore, MD, learning how to effect systems change in their individual campuses and increase their own skills in self-advocacy. From 2013 onwards, this program has been based in Washington, DC, and features a “Hill Day” event, in which participants visit Capitol Hill, discuss how laws are made, and meet with their representatives in Congress.
Questions about the ACI Summer Leadership Academy or the application process should be directed to Reid Caplan, Leadership Programs Coordinator for ASAN, at firstname.lastname@example.org.