Organizations List and Affiliates
AIM: Autistic Inclusive Meets Group
Neurodiversity For Music Therapists
The Autistic Cooperative
International Badass Activists
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Association for Autistic Community
The Association for Autistic Community is a nonprofit organization that promotes and organizes Autspace every year. This association holds a conference in the United States that features autistic researchers, academics, public speakers, authors, artists, and musicians among others. It is a celebration of autistic culture and community. Autspace 2019 was held from August 15th-18th in Ortonville, Michigan, at Butzel Retreat Center. More information about Autspace is here:
Autistics Against Curing Autism
This org started as a chapter of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network; however, it branched off into its own nonprofit organization run by autistic people in Chicago, Illinois. Autistics Against Curing Autism helps to educate and inform neurotypical people about autism, protest against ableism and anti-autistic rhetoric, and help autistic people with self-advocacy and overcoming challenges. Their events include meetups to connect the autistic community as well as protests against ableist organizations such as Autism Speaks. While the name of the organization is Autistics Against Curing Autism, they are also welcome and supportive of non-autistic allies who want to help advocate and spread autism acceptance.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization run by autistic people, for autistic people. It is a disability rights organization in the United States that advocates for public policies that benefit autistic people and other neurodiverse and disabled people, as well as organizing protests against those that do not. ASAN also gives out scholarships to autistic college students, as well as hosts the Autism Campus Inclusion program in Washington D.C. every June, which teaches autistic college students how to advocate for themselves and for others, as well as how to start their own neurodiversity and autism rights clubs on their own college campuses. A flyer about ASAN’s goals can be viewed here, and their position statements can be viewed here.
Autistic Inclusive Meets (AIM)
Autism Inclusive Meets is an autistic advocacy organization created by autistic people in the United Kingdom and is led by an autistic mother and advocate, Emma Dalmayne. It is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting autism acceptance by educating the general public about autism and the needs of autistic people, as well as protesting against laws and organizations that harm autistic people. They also connect the autistic community by hosting weekly meetups and organizing events such as autistic pride picnics, which celebrate autistic culture.
Autistics for Autistics (A4A)
It is an organization of autistic adults in Canada who are also an affiliate with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). They are focused on improving rights and opportunities for autistic people and meeting the needs of the autistic community, especially in the areas of school inclusion, employment, housing, and access to medical care. They also organize protests against ableist organizations such as Autism Speaks Canada.
It is a community organization run by autistic people. AUsome Ireland hosts AUsome Cork every year, which is a conference that features autistic advocates and educates the general public about the needs of autistic people. The next AUsome Cork takes place on March 29, 2020, at Rochestown Park Hotel in Douglas, Ireland.
Autistics United Canada
Autistics United Canada is a disability rights organization created by autistic people and is “committed to raising the voices of autistic people.” They were previously affiliated with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and was later established as Autistics United Canada with chapters and self-advocates throughout Canada. They are focused on building connections and community of autistic people and fostering autistic identity and pride. They advocate for improving education and accessibility to healthcare for autistic people, as well as ensuring that autistic people are involved in public policy decisions made about them. They additionally have a mobile neurodiversity library in their Vancouver chapter with books about autism acceptance as well as fidget gadgets for autistic people.
Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (AWN)
The Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (AWN) is an autistic led organization “with a mission to provide community, support and resources for Autistic women, girls, nonbinary people, and all others of marginalized genders.” They also provide support for minority groups such as autistic LGBTQ+ people and autistic people of color. AWN provides opportunities to connect the autistic community such as networking, educational and social gatherings, autism acceptance events, book readings, and autistic pride picnics among others. Sponsors of AWN include Felicity House, Ford Foundation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, AAPD, Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services, and Stavros.
CLE-Autistes is a French autistic advocacy organization that is the Collective for the Freedom of Expression of Autistics, with the tag line, “Never anything for us, without us!” It was made by autistic advocates to educate others about autism and fight the stigma that exists about autism, as well as to advance the autistic community and pride. CLE Autistes also protests anti-autistic people and policies, such as discredited anti-vaxxer doctor, Andrew Wakefield and the organization Vancre l’autisme, which translates to, “Overcoming autism,” and is an organization that pathologizes autism as well as bullies and mistreats autistic people.
It is an organization that advocates for nonspeaking neurodiverse and disabled people. It is led and guided by individuals who have a communication-related disability or who identify as disabled. The mission of Communication First is, “To educate the public, advocate for policy reform, and engage the judicial system to advance the rights, autonomy, opportunity, and dignity of people with speech-related communication disabilities and conditions.” Communication First promotes opportunities, accommodations, autonomy and self-determination, equal rights, inclusion and dignity for people with speech-related disabilities and conditions. Goals of Communication First include to improve understanding and change the social stigma about people who communicate differently, to reform policies and improve current practices regarding nonspeaking people, and to protect and defend the legal rights of nonspeaking individuals.
Fierce Autistics and Allies
Foundations for Divergent Minds
It is a nonprofit organization based in Texas that is led by autistic and other neurodiverse people and, “provides training and education to parents, teachers and service providers on Neurodiversity-aligned practices and support.” Foundations for Divergent Minds a great resource for those who want to learn more about the autistic community and how to better serve the needs of neurodiverse people and aims to change the medical model, deficit-based ways that society perceives autistic and neurodiverse people.
International Badass Activists
International Badass Activists is an organization founded by autistic activist, Eve Reiland, who is also the co-founder of the Autistic Cooperative. According to its website, International Badass Activists is, “A peer-led organization focused on activism campaigns, stigma busting, divergent news and education, peer community development, Autistic-to-NT bridge-building projects and other badass initiatives to support the Neurodiversity Civil Rights Movement.” It also protests other ableist organizations such as TACA, or The Autism Community in Action, AutismOne, and MAPS and speaks out against autism pseudoscience and quackery. It is also a platform that helps to spread news and information about autistic history and issues concerning the autistic community.
London Autistics Standing Together (LAST)
It is an autistic advocacy organization led by autistic advocates in London, Ontario in Canada. They were founded in 2016 in response to a lack of support for autistic people. LAST holds biweekly meetings at Knollwood Public School in London, Ontario as a support group for autistic people, and also has a neurodiversity lending library in which support group members can check out books and stim gadgets. Sponsors of LAST include Empower U and Art for Autism.
The Nonspeaking Community Consortium (NCC)
It is a nonprofit organization founded by nonspeaking autistic and other neurodiverse nonspeaking people and allies and promotes communication access and choice. The NCC has the motto, “Because communication is a human right.” It advocates for the rights of nonspeaking autistic people and its mission statement is, “To promote access and communication choice for nonspeaking individuals through education, research, and advocacy.” Nonspeaking autistic people are largely underrepresented in media and in conversations about autism, and the NCC seeks to change this by putting autistic nonspeaking voices first. The NCC celebrates neurodiversity and autistic pride and recognizes different ways that autistic people communicate.
The Autistic Cooperative
It is an international, autistic-led advocacy and networking organization. It is a collective of autistic advocates and activists and representatives of other autistic advocacy organizations from all over the world. It helps to provide support for autistic people, as well as helps to cultivate pride and acceptance for autistic people.
The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
It is a platform that provides autism news, discussions and resources. Its mission is to provide clear, referenced, and evidence-supported information contrary to negative societal attitudes about autism and fraudulent autism pseudoscience that is often promoted as autism “cures” and “treatments.”
Yellow Ladybugs, Autistic Girls and Women
Yellow Ladybugs is an autistic led, a non-governmental organization in Australia that promotes the rights and social acceptance of autistic women, who are more likely to be misdiagnosed or undiagnosed due to a male diagnosis bias in autism, existing male based stereotypes in autism, and that autistic women may present autism differently than autistic men. The mission of Yellow Ladybugs is to support, celebrate and recognize autistic women. Yellow Ladybugs hosts social events for autistic girls ranging from ages 5 to 16 in sensory-friendly, accommodating, and inclusive environments to help foster autistic community and culture from a young age. A sponsor of Yellow Ladybugs is Nelson Alexander.