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On Wednesday, April 29, at OSU, members of ASAN — Central Ohio focused on perspectives relating to access, inclusion and disability. ASAN stands for Autistic Self-Advocacy Network.
Panelists explored the various employment and education issues that Autistic individuals face. They approached these issues from a variety of perspectives: historical, social, cultural and personal.
ASAN-Central Ohio emphasized some practical ways in which employers and educators can create accessible environments for Autistic people. In addition, ways in which Autistic people can effectively self-advocate wore addressed.
The mission of ASAN is to advance the principles of the disability rights movement in the world of autism. Drawing on the principles of the cross-disability community on issues such as inclusive education, community living supports and others, ASAN seeks to organize the community of Autistic adults and youth to have their voices heard in the national conversation that takes place about autism.
ASAN also seeks to advance the idea of neurological diversity, putting forward the concept that Autistic persons must enjoy the same access, rights and opportunities as all other people. It works in fields such as public policy, media representation, research and systems change.
ASAN hopes to empower Autistic people across the world to take control of their own lives and the future of their common community.
For information about ASAN, visit the Web site at http://www.autisticacvocacy.org. For ASAN-Central Ohio, visit http://asancentralohio.blogspot.com, my source for this article, based on Melanie’s reporting. And for ASAN-Central Ohio at Ohio State, check http://www.asan.org.ohio-state.edu
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