Autism Network International
|Autism rights movement|
Autism Network International (ANI) is an advocacy organization run by and for autistic people. ANI's principles involve the anti-cure perspective, the perspective that there should not be a goal to "cure" people of autism.
Autreat is a United States retreat and conference hosted by Autism Network International for autistic people. The first Autreat was in 1996. As of 2012, there has been an Autreat every year since then except 2001.
Autreat is a conference for autistic people, in contrast to other autism conferences, which ANI believes are typically about autistic people but are intended for parents and professionals. Although parents, professionals, and others are welcome, Autreat is specifically designed for autistics, and offers an "autism friendly" environment, free of sensory bombardment. Guests are under no pressure to interact socially. A simple visual code in the form of a colored badge is used to indicate members who wish to interact with anyone and everyone, those who wish not to be approached by strangers, and those who wish not to be approached at all.
Autreat was also some of the inspiration for the ASPIE school; in her book Elijah's Cup, ASPIE founder Valerie Paradise talks about her experiences going to Autreat with Elijah.[not in citation given]
- Sinclair, Jim. "History of ANI". Retrieved 12 November 2005.
- "Autscape". Autscape.org.
- Harmon, Amy (2004-12-20). "How About Not 'Curing' Us, Some Autistic s Are Pleading". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
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