Where do Donations Go?

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. They work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of their own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure their voices are heard in the national conversation. 

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what is autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder defined by receptive behavior, weakened social communication, and restricted yet obsessive interests.

there are three main types of autism: 

  • Asperger Syndrome: milder symptoms of autism​​

  • Autistic Disorder: significant language delays, social and communication challenges, and unusual behaviors and interest

  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder: children whose autism was more severe than Asperger's syndrome, but not as severe as autistic disorder

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causes

Scientists don't know the exact cause, but is believed to be genetic (i.e. formed by some combination of genes from the parents).

 
 
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things to know

When you interact with a person with autism, keep in mind that they are still human just like you. They should be treated with respect and when you talk to them, keep in mind to—

  • say what you mean, as indirect language like sarcasm and slang can go over their heads

  • take time to listen to them, taking the time to listen lets them know that you care and support them

  • avoid using phrases that are familiar or personal, such as "honey", "sweetie", or "cutie" since it can come across as demeaning or disrespectful

  • acknowledge them, do not speak as if they are not in the room