Alliance of People with disAbilities

The Alliance of People with disAbilities is located in King County, Washington. We are two independent living centers, located in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. At the Alliance, we work to make our community more accessible, inclusive, and usable for everyone.  Our programs are open to people with all types of disabilities.

Operating as an independent living center since 1991, we are dedicated to provide the four core independent living services which are:

  1. Information and Referral
  2. Independent Living Skills Training
  3. Peer Counseling (on an individual and group basis)
  4. Advocacy (self advocacy and systems advocacy). Our advocacy efforts at the Alliance include the Disabilities Law Project with a lawyer who handles civil rights cases for community members.




ASAN | The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

ASAN | Autistic Sel Advocacy Network
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people.

Mission: ASAN’s supporters include Autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators and friends. ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism.

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. We provide information about autism to the public through a number of different educational, outreach and systems change related projects.

Meetup ASAN
Seattle Meetup – ASAN Seattle


Autism Network International

An autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people. Autism Network International was the first self-advocacy group. The site hosts online lists and information on an annual conference/retreat.


Autism Women’s Network

Autism Womens Network
The Autism Women’s Network
(AWN) is dedicated to building a community of autistic girls and women, their families, friends and supporters. A place where all can share their experiences amongst a diverse, inclusive supportive and positive environment.

Forum: The Forum topics are designed to inspire meaningful discussions which focus on issues relevant to girls and women on the autism spectrum. It is our goal to successfully accomplish a portion of AWN’s mission by building an interactive community.


Autism Women’s Network AWN

The Autism Women’s Network (AWN) is dedicated to building a community of autistic girls and women, their families, friends and supporters. A place where all can share their experiences amongst a diverse, inclusive supportive and positive environment.  We invite you to take a look around and join us today.



Dr Arnold and Karla Fisher | Autism and Adocacy video

December 2012
YouTube | 60 minutes

Dr. Cynthia Arnold and Karla Fisher talk about Autism and Advocacy.


I C.A.N. Women’s Self-advocacy Support Network | Snohomish County

I C.A.N. Women’s Self-Advocacy Support Network for Women with Disabilities.

Meets @ the Arc Office
2500 Hewitt Ave, Ste. 300
Everett, WA
*RSVP required

Contact: Corinna Fale
Phone: (425)258-2459 x103


Karla’s ASD Perspective Page

Karla’s ASD Perspective Page  (Not Fighting Autism, working with it)


Description: This site is dedicated to bringing together a collection of articulate, respectful and intelligent ASD Adults with parents/professionals and other Neurologically Typical caregivers and partners all with the goal of raising awareness of the shared cultures while creating resources and answers to help every ASD person THRIVE not just survive.


  • Founded Portland’s first ASD adult/teen mentor program\
  • Published in Temple Grandin’s latest book “Different Not Less” (see Chapter 4)
  • Awarded 2012 GRASP Distinguished Spectrumite Medal
  • Regular teacher to doctors, teachers and other professionals on ASD
  • Advocate for ASD Teens
  • Founded Portland’s first ASD adult/teen mentor program.

Neurodiversity Rewires Conventional Thinking About Brains

Wired Magazine | by Steve Silberman
April 16, 2013

Neurodiversity commentary
Illustration: Mark Weaver

In the late 1990s, a sociologist named Judy Singer—who is on the autism spectrum herself—invented a new word to describe conditions like autism, dyslexia, and ADHD: neurodiversity. In a radical stroke, she hoped to shift the focus of discourse about atypical ways of thinking and learning away from the usual litany of deficits, disorders, and impairments. Echoing positive terms like biodiversity and cultural diversity, her neologism called attention to the fact that many atypical forms of brain wiring also convey unusual skills and aptitudes.

Autistic people, for instance, have prodigious memories for facts, are often highly intelligent in ways that don’t register on verbal IQ tests, and are capable of focusing for long periods on tasks that take advantage of their natural gift for detecting flaws in visual patterns. By autistic standards, the “normal” human brain is easily distractible, is obsessively social, and suffers from a deficit of attention to detail. “I was interested in the liberatory, activist aspects of it,” Singer explained to journalist Andrew Solomon in 2008, “to do for neurologically different people what feminism and gay rights had done for their constituencies.”

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People First

People First, a self-advocacy organization, chapters througout the state. New members are welcome.

Contact: People First of Washington
Phone: (800) 758-1123

Scott Robertson: Life on the Spectrum – Conversation from Penn State

Scott Robertson is self-advocate who serves as an advisory board member for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services.

Scott is an autistic self-advocate and doctoral candidate at Penn State, talks about expanding societal acceptance and discusses his research on using the Internet as a communication tool for individuals with autism.

Among many other roles that he holds, Scott has also been a featured presenter during the Bureau of Autism Services Annual PA Autism Training Conference and the PA Department of Education National Autism Conference.

see on YouTube –

Uploaded Jul 25, 2011

Self-Advocacy Online Helps People with I/DD Take Charge

The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at The University of Minnesota and The Arc have partnered to support an innovative website specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help them advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives. Self-Advocacy Online is a content rich, accessible online educational and networking tool developed by the RTC and promoted by The Arc.

Visitors to the site will discover multi-media lessons on a variety of topics such as living self-determined, healthy, contributing lives in their communities. The site includes a story wall of videos of self-advocates sharing their stories and a national listing of self-advocacy groups to connected people with I/DD both locally and nationally. One of many unique features of the site is the translation of research and other data-driven information into formats easily accessible to people with I/DD.

This online tool is targeted to those who are just learning about their own rights and responsibilities as well as to those who participate in organized self-advocacy groups and activities.

This site will provide a hub for individuals and groups to gain information that is meaningful to them and can be used by them to advocate for themselves and all people with I/DD, collaborate and share ideas, and boost computer literacy skills in the process.

Self-Advocacy Quick GuidePDF

The Riot! | Self-advocates newsletter

Where self-advocates have something to say

The Riot! Where self-advocates have something to saySelf-advocates are people with disabilities who speak up for themselves and others. Self-advocates speak up with spoken words, sign language, letter boards or in ways unique to each person.

The Riot is about self-advocacy. We offer a newsletter, a blog where self-advocates can share opinions, an online art gallery, toolkits, games and services to help individuals become stronger self-advocates.  We cover topics that are important to self-advocates.  And we really don’t like silly rules that just keep people down.

The Riot! Issue 34

We are serious about self-advocacy issues, but we also want to make you laugh and feel good about life.  Join us to celebrate the strengths of self-advocates. Help take on the barriers that stand in the way. Most of all, let’s work together to help people live the life they want with the support they need.

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