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AutismTN’s Self-Advocate Community Groups Join Forces with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Autism Tennessee (AutismTN) is proud to announce that its Self-Advocate Community Groups—Connect, Unveiling Autistic Identity, The Spectrum Connection, and WENBY Connect—were officially invited to become new Affiliates of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).

ASAN affiliate groups are state and local disability advocacy groups that share a basic set of core values and policy positions with ASAN. Affiliate groups receive technical assistance, peer support, and advocacy alerts from ASAN, while retaining flexibility to focus on whatever issues are most relevant to them. 

This affiliation recognizes the crucial role of AutismTN’s Self-Advocate Community Groups in empowering Autistic people to build meaningful connections, live authentically, and become agents of change. ASAN, a national grassroots disability rights organization for and by Autistic people, aligns with AutismTN’s mission to foster environments where Autistic people are respected and celebrated.

  • Connect is AutismTN’s longest-running Self-Advocate Community Group and is open to all Autistic adults, fostering community ties in a welcoming environment. 

  • The Spectrum Connection (TSC) is one of the only groups in the country focused on supporting LGBTQIA+ Autistic adults. TSC provides essential resources and a community space where members can connect, share experiences, and find support among peers with similar identities. 

  • Unveiling Autistic Identity offers a space for late-discovered/late-diagnosed Autistic adults to explore and embrace their Autistic identity. 

  • WENBY Connect, the newest addition, specifically addresses the needs of Women, Gender Expansive, and Non-Binary Autistic adults, expanding support and empowerment to these individuals.

As ASAN Affiliates, these groups will enhance their advocacy efforts and extend their reach within the community, promoting an inclusive atmosphere where Autistic people are respected and celebrated for their unique contributions to society.

About Autism Tennessee (AutismTN) AutismTN bridges the gaps between support, resources, and programs, so Autistic individuals are empowered to recognize their potential and discover the meaningful connections needed to realize their goals. Serving all of Middle TN’s 38 counties since 1996, AutismTN is a leader in promoting Autistic culture and neurodiversity, advocating for systemic change, and providing support through education and community-building initiatives. Their long-standing membership with the Tennessee Disability Coalition and active involvement in councils and committees ensure they remain at the forefront of policy and advocacy for disability rights.

About the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) 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. ASAN works 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 Autistic voices are heard in the national conversation about autism. Nothing About Us, Without Us!

For more information about AutismTN’s Self Advocate Community Groups or to get involved, please visit https://autismtn.org or contact support@autismtn.org.

July,1st, 2024

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