Screen Readers Skip to Content

Autism Speaks Board Appointments - ASAN Statement

Outline: ASAN statement regarding Autism Speaks appointment of two Autistic people to its Board of Directors.

Main Digest

On December 7, 2015, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued the following statement regarding Autism Speaks' recent appointment of two Autistic people to its Board of Directors.

On December 7, after 10 years of widespread criticism, Autism Speaks announced the appointment of two Autistic people to its Board of Directors.

The criticism from the self-advocate and broader disability community has focused on Autism Speaks' persistent and fundamentally flawed lack of regard for the voices of the autistic community, including:

The appointment of two Autistic people to their board does not rectify this damage, nor does it signal an appreciation of the damage done, or a recognition of a need to fundamentally transform organizational priorities moving forward.

Unless and until Autism Speaks makes significant changes to their practices and policies of fighting against the existence of autistic people, these appointments to the board are superficial changes. Barring such changes, Autism Speaks will continue to fail to be an organization that can create real, positive change for the Autistic community.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people.

ASAN's supporters include Autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators and friends. Its activities include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, leadership trainings, cross-disability advocacy, and the development of Autistic cultural activities.


Similar Documents

Help Spread Disability Awareness
Connect with Us on Social Media
Reddit
Cite:
Journal: Disabled World. Language: English. Author: Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Electronic Publication Date: 2015/12/08. Last Revised Date: 2016/02/12. Reference Title: "Autism Speaks Board Appointments - ASAN Statement", Source: Autism Speaks Board Appointments - ASAN Statement. Abstract: ASAN statement regarding Autism Speaks appointment of two Autistic people to its Board of Directors. Retrieved 2019-11-13, from https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/neurodiversity/asan.php - Reference Category Number: DW#502-11911.
Important Disclaimer:
Information provided on disabled-world.com is for general informational purpose only, it is not offered as and does not constitute medical advice. In no way are any of the materials presented meant to be a substitute for professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. Any 3rd party offering or advertising on disabled-world.com does not constitute endorsement by Disabled World. Please report outdated or inaccurate information to us.