Since the beginning of 2020, ASAN has been engaged in a formal process to examine our internal structures and practices, and develop a plan to embed equity and racial justice in our work and organizational culture. We are excited to share this plan with you! This equity plan explains our organizational commitments to gather and implement community feedback; hire, retain, and promote staff of color; improve ASAN’s internal practices and work culture; and ensure that our work centers the needs, perspectives and leadership of autistic people of color. These plans are not the end, but blueprints for our continued work to make ASAN a more equitable organization and better serve our whole community.
Our plan contains many recommendations and goals developed through working with Epiphanies of Equity, a BIPOC-led social equity group. We hope you’ll take a look and learn more about the steps we are taking.
We’re also proud to release our 2021-2024 strategic plan, which outlines ASAN’s major organizational and policy goals for this 5-year period. ASAN’s equity and strategic plans are intentionally aligned; both emphasize our commitments to center equity, intersectionality and anti-racism in our work, and direct ASAN to focus on work that benefits our multiply-marginalized community members.