The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is developing a catalog of publications to benefit our community via The Autistic Press, a micropress serving the cross-disability community. We released the Navigating College handbook in 2011, the Loud Hands anthology in 2012, and both the Empowering Leadership guide for disabled students and an Autism Acceptance e-book in 2013. Additional self-advocacy resources soon to be released include an Employment anthology and a collection of essays on Relationships and Sexuality. More details about each of these publications can be found by following the links below.
ASAN delves into significant social issues by way of reports and policy briefs created to benefit the Autistic and disability communities. These documents can be accessed at no cost through the links below.
- The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward
- The Case for Designating People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as a Medically Underserved Population
- Policy Analysis for the revised Autism Criteria in the DSM-5.
- Keeping the Promise: Self Advocates Defining the Meaning of Community Living
- Organ Transplantation and People with I/DD: A Review of Research, Policy and Next Steps
- The Transition to Adulthood for Youth with I/DD: A Review of Research, Policy and Next Steps
- Civic Engagement Toolbox for Self-Advocates
- Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Self-Advocates
- The Right to Make Choices: International Laws and Decision-Making by People with Disabilities
- Toolkit for Advocates on Ending Discrimination in Organ Transplantation
- Toolkit for Advocates on Health Care and the Transition to Adulthood
- Toolkit on Improving Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)
- ASAN Resources on Coverage for Autism-Related Services
The Pacific Alliance on Disability Self-Advocacy (PADSA) was a project run by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. We assisted self-advocacy groups in California, Oregon, Washington and Montana with technical assistance and training. Technical assistance often means working one on one with a group to make their organization stronger.
We helped self advocacy groups study their strengths and growth areas, develop goals, and then pursue those goals. Most of our work focused on increasing organizational capacity [a group’s ability to do something]. Topic areas focused on fundraising, building strong leadership, utilizing technology more, and improving communication skills.
PADSA webinars and resource guides are available on the website.
This toolkit is intended to provide advocates and allies with concrete tools and resources to use in their own communities, including in response to local incidents. The toolkit includes information about how to understand and respond to filicide, frequently asked questions about filicide, and a guidebook for Day of Mourning vigil site coordinators.
- Welcome to the Autistic Community (Adult and Adolescent versions)
- Accessing Home and Community-Based Services: A Guide for Self Advocates
- Self-Advocate Curriculum
- The Right to Make Choices: International Laws and Decision-Making by People with Disabilities (Easy Read and Families versions)
- Getting and Advocating for Community-Based Housing
- VOTE. It’s Your Right: A Know-Your-Rights Guide for Voters with Mental Disabilities and Advocates
- AutismAndHealth.org: Primary Care Resources for Adults on the Autism Spectrum and their Primary Care Providers