Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Washington, District of Columbia

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is run by and for Autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the Autistic community, and does so by advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN’s members and supporters include Autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators and friends.

Our Unique Contribution

A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due to the “burden” of having a disabled person in the family. If the parent stands trial, they are given sympathy and  comparatively lighter sentences, if they are sentenced at all. The victims are disregarded, blamed for their own murder at the hands of the person they should have been able to trust the most, and ultimately forgotten. ASAN works to bring awareness to these tragedies, demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities, and prevent further murders.

Contact Us

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Julia Bascom, Deputy Executive Director

Phone: (202) 558-4894

At a Glance

    Project Reach

  • National

    Agency Type

  • Disability Organization

    Disability Focus

  • Cross-Disability
  • Developmental
  • Intellectual/Cognitive

    Victimization Type

  • Caregiver Abuse
  • Child Abuse
  • Other

    Solutions Implemented

  • Fostering Accountability
  • Promoting Equality
  • Raising Awareness
  • Strengthening Prevention