Autistic Self Advocacy Network (AutisticAdvocacy.org)

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. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!

ASAN's Autism Campus Inclusion Summer Leadership Academy

The Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Leadership Academy, a project of the Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), prepares Autistic students to create systems change on their college campuses. Participants acquire valuable skills in community organizing, policy formation, and grassroots & campus-based activism. Alumni receive support and technical assistance in implementing their advocacy goals following the training.  The ACI Summer Leadership Academy takes place in Washington, D.C. for one week in early to mid-June. Applicants must identify as Autistic and be current college students with at least one year remaining before graduation. Travel and lodging are fully covered by ASAN.  

Applications for the ACI Summer Leadership Academy are published on the ASAN website in early January each year, and are due at the end of February. To submit completed applications or ask questions about ACI, please email Reid Caplan at rcaplan@autisticadvocacy.org.

 

Going to College

This Web site, designed for high school students, contains information about living college life with a disability. The site provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help students plan for college.

http://www.coultervideo.com/

Navigating College: A handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults

This book is a project of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Navigating College is an introduction to the college experience from those who've been there. The writers and contributors are Autistic adults, and they’re giving advice that they wish someone could have given them when heading off to college.

http://www.navigatingcollege.org/

Preparing for Postsecondary Education

This pamphlet, Students with Disabilities: Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education provides information about the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools.

http://www.ed.gov/ocr/transition.html

Social

Cover of Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger's and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers

Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger's and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers
Author: John Elder Robinson
ISBN: 978-0307884824

Cover of Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life

Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life
Author: Cynthia Kim
ISBN: 978-1849057578

Cover of Socially Curious and Curiously Social: A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and  Young Adults

Socially Curious and Curiously Social: A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults
Author: Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke
ISBN: 978-0884272021

 

Career

Cover of Asperger’s Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide: A Neurotypical’s Secrets for Success

Asperger’s Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide: A Neurotypical’s Secrets for Success
Author: Barbara A. Bissonnette

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The Complete Guide to Getting A Job for People with Asperger’s Syndrome
Author: Barbara A. Bisonnette

Cover of Helping Adult with Asperger’s Syndrome Get & Stay Hired

Helping Adult with Asperger’s Syndrome Get & Stay Hired
Author: Barbara A. Bisonnette

 

RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services

Job Seekers with Disabilities: https://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/student/job-seekers-disabilities