We’re very pleased with how much ASAN has grown over the past year and with the community’s interest in our events and projects. This is an exciting time for us! From our upcoming 5-Year Anniversary Celebration in DC to the December launch of our
symposium at Harvard Law School on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Autism research — along with our ongoing involvement in community based participatory research initiatives such as the AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit on which ASAN Staff Member Dora Raymaker is one of the principal researchers, we’re continuing to expand our horizons as we seek more ways to serve our community.

To keep our supporters better informed, we plan to publish the ASAN Newsletter on a monthly schedule, starting with this issue. We look forward to connecting in greater depth with our readers; and as always, if you have questions or would like to submit artwork, poetry, or other creative material, please write to newsletter@autisticadvocacy.org to contact our newsletter staff. Those who are interested in volunteering as staff writers or editors are welcome too!

We look forward to this opportunity to be in touch more often, and we hope you’ll let us know if you have suggestions on how we can further improve the ASAN Newsletter. Our editorial staff, under the leadership of Melody Latimer, our Communications Coordinator, have been working hard to keep the public informed about our activities and are always glad to get feedback.

INVITATION: ASAN Ethics Symposium
On December 10th, ASAN will be holding a symposium on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Autism Research at Harvard Law School. The event, conducted in conjunction with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, is funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

Topics covered will include prenatal testing, community participation in research methodologies, appropriate and inappropriate intervention goals, enhancing the effectiveness and inclusivity of Institutional Review Boards, setting diagnostic criteria, and balancing competing concerns of safety and self-determination. Participants will include equal numbers of researchers and self-advocates.

The event will be from 9 AM – 3:30 PM. If you woul like to attend, please RSVP to info@autisticadvocacy.org.