Self-Advocacy

Self-advocacy means taking control of our own lives. That can mean making choices about how we live our lives, like choosing what we do at home, at school, at work, or in our relationships. It can also mean working as a community to take control over how society views disabled people, how the media talks about us, and policies that affect our lives. ASAN works on both types of self-advocacy. We want to make sure that autistic people are included in all conversations about autism, whether those conversations are about our own lives or about autistic people as a whole in our society. 

Every disabled person is a self-advocate. There is no such thing as being “too disabled” to be a self-advocate. There are chances every day to self-advocate. Saying “No!” with your words or your actions is a kind of self-advocacy. We think everyone should get the tools they need to learn about all kinds of advocacy. Nobody should be denied the right to make their own choices.

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🎢 ASAN August Update 🎢

ASAN August Newsletter Dear friend, Just like a rollercoaster, the quintessential summer fun, advocacy has its highs and lows, twists and turns. While we may not be as fun as an amusement park, here are some updates on the advocacy work we took on this month. We were disappointed when, despite sustained advocacy by our…

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🏖️ ASAN July Update 🏖️

ASAN July Newsletter Dear friend, As Disability Pride Month, July is always both a celebration and a reminder. We commemorated the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights bill for the disability community. We were also reminded of how far we still have to go to achieve true equality, safety…

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🌈 ASAN June Update 🌈

ASAN June Newsletter Dear friends, It has been an incredibly challenging month, but we haven’t stopped fighting! We’re working to respond to attacks on our rights and to keep our community informed as policy changes. No matter what comes next, we’re in this together.  ASAN is outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe…

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