The Autistic Strategies Network is a collaborative initiative by autistic people to optimise autism individually and in society.

“Optimising autism” means making our autism work as well as possible.
We started in South Africa and focus on Africa. We collaborate internationally.
We make mistakes and learn along the way. We invite you to join our journey.

Along with activists from around the continent, we contribute to the Autism in Africa | CRPD project on Twitter and Facebook. Join our mailing list for news of CRPD training events.

“There’s need for continental awareness and education of autism that is autistic led in order to change that narrative.”
Karen Muriuki, Autistic activist, Kenya, on witchcraft prejudices against autistic people

Communication is a human right.

Listen to as many autistic people as possible.

Nonspeaking autists’ experiences of ABA

Nonspeaking autists’ experiences of ABA

ABA therapy is a behaviour modification intervention. It is used particularly with autistic children who struggle with communication and self-regulation. ABA is touted as being “evidence-based”, even though evidence shows that most ABA survivors want it stopped. This article, written for a South African audience, includes perspectives of several non-speaking autistics on their ABA experiences.

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In the pipeline

We’ve been involved in workshops, conferences and social initiatives for several years. The Autistic Health Seminar 2018 was the first learning event for health professionals presented entirely by autistic people. Here’s what was on the agenda.  We’re planning the next one for 2024.

Grasses symbolising a grassroots movement.