Autism is a neurological variation that occurs in about one percent of the population and is classified as a developmental disability. Characteristics of autism include different sensory experiences, passionate interests in specific subjects, atypical or repetitive movements, need for routine, and heightened sensory experiences. Some combinations of these symptoms can make it difficult for Autistic people to communicate with others, resulting in grave misunderstandings about the condition and exclusion of Autistic people from decisions about their own rights.

"Nothing About Us, Without Us!" is the slogan of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. Through public policy advocacy, the development of Autistic cultural activities, and leadership trainings for Autistic self-advocates, ASAN provides information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public through a number of different educational, cultural, and advocacy related projects.

To learn more about the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and its policies, please visit

Any and all donations are more than welcome as we try to cultivate a world more understanding and supportive of people with autism and their rights.

Offline Payment Instructions

If you would like to donate in another manner, a check made out to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network may be mailed to 1 Tiger Dr, Maynard MA 01754 (envelope addressed to Rachel Thompson) or brought to the registration booth on the day of the Autism Acceptance 5K.