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Autistic Self Advocacy Network announces the release
of its Autism & Safety Toolkit for downloading
An Autism & Safety Toolkit, developed by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), has been released to help autistic people be safe in their communities. This is the first toolkit made by autistic self-advocates, focusing on safety issues that affect them and has tools to deal with their safety concerns.
Autistic people have the right to be safe and live independently in their communities. We also face significant threats to their safety, including higher rates of abuse, institutionalization, suicide, and police violence. Too often, autistic voices have been erased from conversations about autism and safety.
This toolkit provides information about:
- Abuse and neglect
- Interactions with police
- Mental health
- Safely navigating the community
Many people think that people with developmental disabilities must give up our autonomy, or be separated from the broader community, in order to be safe. In reality, they are safest when being included in the community and empowered to take control of their own lives.
The toolkit describes safety risks autistic face, discusses different ways to address them, and debunks myths about safety that are sometimes used to curtail independence and access to the community. The Autism & Safety Toolkit comes in three sections and may be downloaded on the ASAN announcement's webpage.
ASAN 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. See ASAN’s home page at http://autisticadvocacy.org to learn more about the organization, its resources, policy, projects, and how to be involved.