The Autistic Strategies Network is a collaborative initiative by autistic people to optimise autism individually and in society.
“Optimising autism” means making autism work as well as possible.
We make mistakes and learn along the way. We invite you to join our journey.
Some schools in the Western Cape are allegedly coercing parents into drugging their disabled children.
The UK’s largest autism research project doesn’t align to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
This article is based on an August 2021 interview by Margaret Waweru-Kihara of Netplus with Nairobi-based autistic activist Karen Muriuki.
“I think we owe it to ourselves and others to be diligent with testing our hypothesis,” writes autistic author Benjine Gerber.
Die Zekwande-Stigting is die enigste organisasie in Afrika wat deur ‘n nie-pratende outistiese persoon gestig is om die regte van nie-pratendes te bevorder.
Where would you like to see autistic people on Arnstein’s Ladder of Participation by the end of 2021?
Prompting helps nonspeaking people develop motor skills for whole-body apraxia. The PROMPT© method is not a good fit.
Communication is a human right.
Listen to as many autistic people as possible.
In February 2021, nonspeaking activist Zekwande Mathenjwa became a member of the newly-formed Special Interest Group (SIG) on Autism established by the Ethics Committee of the SASLHA, the national body for Speech, Language and Hearing professionals in South Africa.
In February 2021 we contributed to the making of this short film sponsored by CommunicationFIRST.
Here are some of our provincial (Western Cape), national (South African) and continental (African) focus areas for 2021.
Some of our past events
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 also played a key role in the Spelling to Communicate workshops for non-speaking autists in South Africa in 2017-2018. Some of these non-speakers already have their own blogs. Here’s one…