Advocacy Ambassador Program celebrates one-year anniversary!

August 1, 2018

On August 1, 2017, we officially launched our Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador Program.  

The Advocacy Ambassador Program is a grassroots volunteer program. It brings together self-advocates, family members of individuals with autism, lawyers, behavioral analysts and more to advocate for autism-specific policies. 

This program has enhanced our federal advocacy efforts by strengthening the relationships between Autism Speaks, autism advocates and Members of Congress.  

In one year, 189 Advocacy Ambassadors came together to 

  • Represent Autism Speaks in over 39 states 
  • Strengthen relationships with over 78 U.S. Senators and 134 U.S. Representatives
  • Participate in more than 200 legislative meetings, town halls, and events supporting autism awareness 

This motivated group of advocates represents a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which they have shared with us and their legislators throughout the past year. Here are some of their highlights:

Meeting with Members of Congress...

BreAnn Robinson with Rep. Jody Hice


Organizing local policy forums...

Shannon Knall helped coordinate an autism policy panel which included Congressman Mike Gallagher, State Senator Roger Roth, and Autism Speaks Director of State Government Affairs Judith Ursitti.


Attending national conferences...

Tina Daley, Tara Hood, and Samantha Stewart attended the national Autism Law Summit


Sharing their experiences and legislative support with district staff...

Holly Dorff Long and her daughter, Hannah met with Rep. Jared Huffman's staff in California


Visiting Washington DC...

Mike DiMauro with Rep. Richard Neal's staff in D.C.


Raising Awareness through "Light It Up Blue"...

The Guevara Family raises international awareness for autism.


To join this passionate team of advocates, email for a position description and application!


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