Autism Summit Update from the Autism Society President
September 6, 2012
By Scott Badesch, Autism Society President
Did you miss our previous Autism Summit updates? Please read the first and second.
Since returning from the Autism Society 43rd annual conference, I have been meeting with leaders of various national autism groups, including those involved in research, service delivery, advocacy, and, of course, representatives of self-advocacy organizations, to seek their involvement in an Autism Summit. We now have a national steering committee tasked with defining an agenda and finalizing the schedule for the Summit.
I have to admit that what I originally thought would be an easy task has its challenges. Many supported this concept after an initial announcement; others had strong concerns that the Autism Society might be omitting important people in this process. In fact, we firmly believe this effort has to be inclusive. The Autism Society firmly believes the summit will not be a success unless people representing all facets of the autism community, especially self-advocates, have a seat at the table.
The Autism Summit is about our community coming together, accepting our differences, agreeing to set them aside and determining how, as a community, we can move forward like never before and agree to disagree on some items, but to agree on how we, as a community, can move forward. Above all, it is about wanting people with developmental disabilities to have an equal opportunity in all aspects of their lives. It is about assuring that the autism community has a seat at the table when issues impacting our community are discussed so our collective voice is heard and respected. It is about results.
April 10, 2013
The Autism Society, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization, has chosen Pittsburgh as the host city of its 44th annual conference on autism spectrum disorders.
April 5, 2013
Individuals with autism can attend the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition (in Pittsburgh) for FREE this year! Learn more: www.autism-society.org/conference.
April 3, 2013
Monarch Teaching Technologies, the makers of VizZle®, web-based educational software for visual learners with autism, will give one-year of free VizZle to every new (or renewing) Champion Member during April.
April 2, 2013
Read the Autism Society’s digital magazine about autism spectrum disorders!
April 2, 2013
Today, throughout the world, individuals will come together highlighting the needs and dreams of people living with autism.