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Advocacy Ambassador Program celebrates one-year anniversary!

August 01, 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 legislativmeetings, 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 yearHere are some of their highlights:

 

 

Meeting with Members of Congress...

 

 

Organizing local policy forums...

 

 

Attending national conferences...

 

 

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

 

 

Visiting Washington DC...

 

 

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

 

 

To join this passionate team of advocates, email advocacy@autismspeaks.org for a position description and application!