Advocacy

This section of the College Autism Network website presents two distinct sets of advocacy-related resources.
BlogNews

Quick Links: Key organizations, services, and resources for students and advocates.

College Autism Spectrum: independent organization of professionals whose purpose is to assist students with autism spectrum disorders, and their families.

Wrong Planet: web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN): activities include public policy advocacy, the development of Autistic cultural activities, and leadership trainings for Autistic self-advocates

Blog

Members of the CAN team occasionally outline emerging findings, explore creative ideas, present opportunities for involvement, or reflect on the implications of our work. These musings are categorized as “blog posts” on this website.

News

Whenever we see interesting stories presented in popular media (e.g., newspapers, magazines, TV), we will share them via items categorized as “news” on this website.

Recent updates from our News and Blog pages…

[News] Professor with Autism Earns $467,000 Grant to Study Autism in the Workplace

Alongside higher education, employment stands as an area in great need of additional study when it comes to individuals on the autism spectrum. Employers often do not know how to work with employees with autism, and those on the spectrum can have difficulty finding,...

[News] MIT Set to Establish New Center for Autism Research

While autism research has advanced greatly over the past half century, there is still much we have to learn about both people on the spectrum and the spectrum itself. While Yale established their initiative to learn more about females on the spectrum several years...

[News] Social Coach AI Program May Help Those with Asperger’s Navigate Conversations More Easily

One of the more significant problems people with autism face is their trouble in social situations. Sometimes it can be particularly difficult for those with ASD to follow the tone and other cues of a conversation and interact in an appropriate and comfortable manner....

[News] College Students Connect with Their Autistic Peers Through UVA Program

It is often challenging for neurotypical individuals to understand certain things about autism or what it is like to be on the autism spectrum. As a result, many people with autism may be met with confusion, uncertainty, or unacceptance because the people around them...

[News] Female College Student with Autism Reflects on What it Means to be Herself

Everyone’s experience with autism is different. In this reflective piece, college student Claire Bachman explains some of the challenges that she has faced throughout her education. Bachman is a student at Long Beach City College where, like many college students with...