Wednesday, April 2, 2008

ASAN Australia

ASAN today announced the creation of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network's first international chapter, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network - Australia (ASAN-AU). The introduction of this new chapter makes ASAN the first truly international autistic self-advocate organization engaged in public policy and social change advocacy.

April 2nd, 2008
Members of the Australian Autistic Community who have long been involved in Self Advocacy are pleased to announce formation of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network Australia (ASAN-AU). ASAN AU is an affiliate chapter of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (

About ASAN in America
The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a non profit organization run by Autistics (those on the Autism Spectrum), with a membership including those on the spectrum, those with other unique neurological types and neurotypical family members, professionals, educators and friends. ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to change public perception and combat misinformation by educating communities about persons on the Autism Spectrum.

ASAN AU is run by Australian Autistic adults who have been involved self- advocacy for a number of years and invites membership from autistic and Asperger youth and adults who wish to receive support to engage in self-advocacy.

ASAN AU understands the following:
• Autistic citizens are capable of contributing to society and enriching the lives of their families and communities.
• While Australian society provides supports and accommodations for many of its citizens, there is little understanding of the specific needs of autistic children and adults.
• Autistic adults want be involved in the planning of services to be used by themselves and their peers. Inclusive and equitable services can only be developed when stakeholders contribute positively towards promoting their own wellbeing and connectedness to society.
• Autistic adults want recognition of the fact that autism is a life long condition that impacts both positively and negatively upon a person's ability to function in society.
• Autistic adults recognise that a proactive stance means that the thousands of children in early intervention and education programs now will hopefully inherit a more effective system and a more understanding community.
• Autistic adults are in need of support in the following areas:
Cultural identity
Crisis Management
Criminal Justice

The extent to which autistic adults are and have been ignored saddens ASAN AU members. All Autistic citizens are capable of contributing to society and enriching the lives of their families and communities, but need the support and acceptance of society as a whole. An investment in the future of people with Autism is an investment in the skills and talents that are untapped by virtue of this group being a silent demographic.


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