Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador Program

The Autism Speaks Advocacy Ambassador Program is a grassroots program. Its purpose is to build relationships between constituents and legislators at the federal level.

Advocacy Ambassadors help Autism Speaks meet our advocacy goals by sharing their personal experiences and information on policies related to autism.

To be successful we must never stop educating our communities, Congress and local legislators... Never underestimate the advocacy power of a mom, dad or self-advocate with a computer or phone.

     - Heidi Fernandez, Georgia Advocacy Ambassador

Our grassroots volunteers serve as the main point of contact for their legislator(s).

Ambassadors’ main responsibilities are to

  • Establish and maintain relationships with federal legislators
  • Serve as a media stakeholder and use media to influence elected officials
  • Recruit other volunteers to participate in autism advocacy
  • Report on congressional district activity, meetings, and events to Autism Speaks staff


This diverse group of advocates includes nearly 345 volunteers from 46 states and the District of Columbia.

Self-advocates, family members, lawyers, behavioral analysts, and more have joined this passionate community.

Group of 25+ Advocacy Ambassadors standing with World Autism Month Hill Day sign



Interested? Want to apply?

Email advocacy@autismspeaks.org for a full position description and application.

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