Town Hall Meeting Addressing the Needs of Adults with Autism

November 13, 2009
Americans will come together across at least 15 cities on November 13, 2009 to create a policy agenda for addressing the needs of adults with autism.  Over 1,000 people including caregivers, advocates, elected officials, family members, and adults with autism, will join the discussion to make recommendations on this important issue.  The event will be orchestrated from a central hub in Chicago where a national discussion via webcast from remote locations, called satellite sites.  The unprecedented scale and diversity of the AFAA National Town Meeting will attract attention to the issue and build momentum behind the policy agenda.
Participants will include:
  • Young adults and adults with autism and their families
  • Community members including employers and other relevant parties
  • Service providers and other involved professionals (e.g., behavior analysts)
  • Local, state and federal funding and support agencies
  • Elected public officials
  • Sponsors
As a society, we have an obligation to secure a brighter future for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. By taking action now, we can ensure that adults with autism break free of the all-too-common status of “dependency” and become engaged, involved and ideally, tax-paying, members of their communities. It is time to develop and20drive policies that provide for life-long living and learning with autism.
Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) is a national consortium seeking to create meaningful futures for adults with autism that include homes, jobs, recreation, friends and supportive communities.
This unique national consortium has united to set national priorities for adults on the autism spectrum and to transform public policy and programming for teens and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Throughout 2009, AFAA will collect information, develop strategic solutions and advance the national agenda.

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