Our chapters hold regular meetings to achieve local advocacy goals and to organize events in the autistic community. AU chapters are committed to promoting acceptance of autism and furthering autistic rights in Canada.
Advocacy The goal of advocacy is to advance and protect the interests of the autistic community in matters directly affecting us. Some examples of advocacy activities include:
Forming coalitions with other organizations to work toward common goals of social and policy change
Meeting with politicians and community leaders
Letter-writing campaigns and petitions
Letters to the editor and other media outreach
Protests and public demonstrations
Community Building Social events and cultural activities work toward building a strong autistic community, fostering acceptance, growth, and pride. These community-building activities include:
Autistic acceptance and pride events
Youth groups or teen mentorship programs
Social activities, such as movie nights, picnics, or board game events
To join, you can become a member of Autistics United Canada and tell us which chapter you would like to join. You can also contact your local chapter directly via email or social media, or attend one of their events!
To apply to start a chapter, contact us with an introduction of yourself and why you want to start a chapter. Autistics United Canada will provide support and advice to help you realize your advocacy goals!
Our chapters need to:
Be run by autistic organizers (training is provided; organizers must pass an interview)
Be accessible and actively include autistic and disabled people of all backgrounds
Uphold the values and mission statement of Autistics United Canada
Update Autistics United Canada once a month on chapter activities
Signs up all chapter members as members of Autistics United Canada (agree & follow membership guidelines)