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ASAC-NS

Autistic Self-Advocacy Council of Nova Scotia (ASAC-NS)

​The Autistic Self-Advocacy Council of Nova Scotia (ASAC-NS) is a community-based and self-directed not-for-profit group of people on the Autism Spectrum that gives people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Also known as people with ASD, autistic people, or people on the Autism Spectrum, and includes Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and other ASD diagnoses) an opportunity to discuss and learn about the issues, decisions, and  practical day to day challenges that affect their lives, and the opportunity to support each other for greater overall success.
 
 ASAC-NS is community of people on the Autism Spectrum who are interested in:

  • Exploring the issues that affect autistic people.    
  • Supporting each other using our knowledge, experience and resourcefulness.
  • Having a conscientious say in decisions that affect autistic people.
  • Advocating on behalf of ourselves and others on the Autism Spectrum.​
Our Mission:
​We will work to provide access to reliable, up-to-date information about autism-related issues, educational opportunities and the chance to develop effective self-advocacy skills, all with the support of other autistic people who can share their knowledge and experience. We will represent the perspective of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders in public, vocational and educational settings in a way that is positive, constructive, and ethical.

​We will represent our members in many ways, including:
  • Advocating for appropriate language and imagery used to represent autistic persons.
  • Supporting autistic persons who wish to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives.
  • Advocating for scientific and ethical approaches to be implemented with the supports available to autistic people. 
  • Advocating for employers to use the special skills and unique talents that autistic people have, even if additional support is required. 
  • Providing opportunities to teach, especially where learning and knowledge helps autistic people to live fulfilling and independent lives.
Our Pledge
​We, the members of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Council - Nova Scotia, acknowledge, pledge and affirm that:
 
  • We are people who are worthy of others’ respect and acceptance.
  • We will not sacrifice our self-worth for peer acceptance.
  • We are good and interesting people.
  • We are capable of getting along with society.
  • We will ask for help when we need it.
  • We will find careers or other ways to contribute to society and our own well-being that are well suited to our abilities and interests.
  • We will be patient with those who need time to understand us, and that includes other people on the Autism Spectrum.
  • We will never give up on ourselves or each other.
  • We will accept ourselves and each other for who we are.
  • We will work together to support ASAC-NS’ efforts to be a positive and ethical autism self-advocacy organization, working together with the larger community to support  people with Autism Spectrum Disorders to live our lives to the fullest of our potential.
  • Inspired by Lianne Holliday-Willey’s
  • “Self Affirmation Pledge for People with Asperger Syndrome”
Benefits of being a member of ASAC-NS:
  • A chance to be heard and get meaningful support from others with autism. 
  • Relevant information, speakers and resources for people with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Join Committees for specific issues relevant to adults with autism such as employment, relationships and household management.
  • Keep informed on what is happening in the local autism community and beyond.
 
Membership is FREE to Nova Scotians who identify as having Autism Spectrum Disorder Contact us to find out how to join. For more information on ASAC-NS and other subjects of interests, please email Danny Melvin at d.melvin@live.ca or call 902.446.4995.