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First Published Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio State University chapter of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network will
be holding its first meeting on Thursday, April 30 at 5:45pm at the campus
Barnes & Noble/Long’s Cafe. We will meet in the coffee shop area on the
first floor. OSU students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome
to attend!


The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a non-profit organization run
by and for autistic people. ASAN’s supporters include autistic adults and
youth, those with other distinct neurological types, and neurotypical family
members, professionals, educators, and friends. ASAN provides support and
services to individuals on the autism spectrum. ASAN also works to change
public perception and to combat misinformation by educating communities
about persons on the autism spectrum. Our activities include public policy
advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for
neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research, and the development of
autistic cultural activities and other opportunities for autistic people.


During our first OSU-ASAN meeting, we will devise a plan of action for the
remainder of this school year and for the beginning of next year. Some
talking points include: obtaining official approval from Student Activities,
starting a campus-wide conversation on neurodiversity and autistic
representation, advertising our organization, and considering possible
campus events. Additionally, we hope that this meeting (and future events)
will help connect advocates for neurological diversity with one another.


Please contact asan.ohiostate@ gmail.com with any questions.


Directions: Barnes & Noble/Long’s is located at 1598 N. High Street,
Columbus, OH 43201 at the campus gateway. Paid parking is available in the
parking garage at a rate of $1 per hour. Metered street parking is also
available. B&N is also accessible from the following bus routes: #2, #8,
#18, #31, #54, #84.



Ari Ne’eman
President
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
http://www.autistic advocacy. org
732.763.5530




1. Carol and Eli Surber left…

Monday, 4 May 2009 2:49 am :: http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID

I am the parent of a young man, born with Downs syndrome. He attended the early childhood program at the Ohio State University where he was diagnosed with Autism before age three. He developed severe catatonia at age sixteen, and was at the OSU neuropsychiatric hospital under the care of Dr Brendan Carroll for 15 years. The autism stole his speech and he only says a few words. He has many OCD and autistic traits ruling his life. I kept journals from his birth and after 22 years of writing, I published the un-edited journals into a book and published Feb 2008. The book gives all pre-symptoms before the diagnosis of Autism and catatonia. Also listed are the treatments, medications and psychiatric reports. My hopes from the published journals are to help other parents, and students interested in the fields of autistic catatonia. I plan to attend one of the meetings soon. Thanks, Carol Surber



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