The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!
Who We Are
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community run by and for autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to educate communities, support self-advocacy in all its forms, and improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN’s members and supporters include autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators, and friends.
What We Do
Our activities include public policy advocacy, the development of Autistic cultural activities, and leadership trainings for autistic self-advocates. We provide information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public through a number of different educational, cultural, and advocacy related projects.
ASAN advocates specific policy positions on issues of importance to autistic people and others with disabilities. In so doing, we seek to ensure the meaningful involvement of autistic individuals in making policy at all levels, to promote a culture of inclusion and respect for all, to enforce the rights of autistic people to equal opportunity at school and at work, and to improve funding for community services and supports along with research into how they can best be provided.
ASAN’s publications are available through this website and include books on self-advocacy, Autistic culture, and related topics, as well as reports and brief materials. Our reports and policy briefs discuss social issues of importance to the Autistic and disability communities, such as access to services and community living, while our books share self-advocate perspectives on a variety of issues and experiences.
Speaking and Consulting
Our speakers can customize their presentations to meet the specific needs of different audiences, including schools, businesses, and other groups. In addition, we provide consulting services to assist companies and agencies with including Autistic individuals in diversity employment programs and providing workplace accommodations. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ASAN was incorporated as a New Jersey nonprofit organization in November 2006 and was an all-volunteer group for the next four years. In January 2011, our application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status was approved, and we began receiving grants and hiring staff. Our national office is located in Washington DC.