Autreach Network

Autreach Network

An AutreachIT service

Latest News

⇒   Call for Proposals for Autscape 2012: Similarities and Diversities (23-26 July,
Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, East Anglia, UK)

⇒   Autscape 2011, the autistics’ conference in Europe, was held from Monday 22 August to Thursday 25 August 2011 near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, UK

⇒   Fulfilling and rewarding lives: the strategy for adults with autism in England

  • “The first autism strategy for England will kick-start fundamental change in public services helping adults with autism to live independent lives and find work.”
    (Department of Health report published 3 March 2010; NAS Q & A, briefing)

⇒   NHS report Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England
(“The world’s first ever study into the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders among adults” press release):

  • ”...1.0 per cent of the adult population had ASD. Published childhood population studies show the prevalence rate among children is also approximately 1.0 per cent.”

⇒   (October 2008) Autreach/ASAN video Something About Us shown at inaugural TreeHouse Lecture, ‘Are we ambitious enough about autism?’ (see “They Don’t Speak For Us!”)

⇒   more news and events

(What I stand for: one of more than 1000 videos on YouTube’s posautive channel)

The Autreach Network is a collection[1] of autonomous groups subscribing to the Autreach principles.

Autreach Network groups include: Campaign action pages (public versions[2])


Autreach Principles

[a work in progress]

The Autreach Network is a collection of autonomous groups, working to support autistic people and campaign for autistic rights. Each group, through its members, is responsible for its own organisation, working practices, and finances.

Autreach Network groups may subscribe to these principles:

  • Autreach groups are open and accessible to all autistic people regardless of cognitive style, IQ, perceived functioning level, or possession of a formal diagnosis.
  • Autreach groups do not discriminate on grounds of disability, impairment, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, political or religious affiliation, size, age or social status.
  • Autreach groups do not accept any variation to the human rights of autistic people, these rights being defined in the European Convention on Human Rights and related international declarations.
  • Autreach groups are Disabled People’s Organisations of primarily autistic people, and their organisation and working practices should embody accommodations appropriate to their membership.

The Autreach slogan is ”Nothing about aUtiSm without aUtiStics”.

Autreach groups are open to working alliances within broader frameworks of neurodiversity, disability and psychiatric survivors’ rights. We are part of a universal struggle for the dignity and rights of all members of the human family, in solidarity with other stigmatised, marginalised, oppressed, or disempowered groups of people.


Autreach Network is not an organization: it is a network of groups.
This draft is deliberately limited to a core of essential principles, with the aim of making them acceptable to a wide range of groups.
Groups may add to these core Autreach principles, provided that additional principles do not introduce any inconsistency or conflict.
Being an Autreach group requires an acceptance of the “Autreach principles”, but every group is independent, has its own membership, governs and finances itself. An individual can be a member of more than one group, but people are not members of “Autreach”, and Autreach is not directed or managed by any individual or group.
The principles are subscribed to by groups (by whatever procedure is decided by the autonomous group), so each principle is of the form “Autreach groups are/do/etc”
Only the bulleted sentences are principles (and subscribing to them implies that they will be actively practiced by the group); the closing paragraph(s) are not normative
Groups are described as “working to support autistic people and campaign for autistic rights”: choice of activities within this description is entirely up to individual groups.
“A disabled people’s organisation is an organisation which is managed by a management or executive committee on which disabled people hold at least 51% of its voting membership” (groups may allow non-autistic members; groups may have a management or executive committee, or this may vest in the whole group)

“This page is NOT to be taken as a definitive statement of what Autreach is or what Autreach stands for until a general agreement on principles has been reached. These draft principles are intended as a first step in that direction and a document for discussion.”
(Draft 1 of principles first published at; note above adapted from original posting on the Autreach Network Discussion Forum.)


[1] Autreach is a network

Autreach is a network of groups. Autreach groups subscribe to the Autreach principles, but every group is independent, has its own membership, governs and finances itself. Individuals are not members of “Autreach”, and Autreach is not directed or managed by any individual or group

[2] Website access/public versions of pages

Some pages on this website are public, many others require login to access. Contact a group or email Autreach Admin to register. This website is provided by AutreachIT as a service to Autreach groups; group members can update the information on pages themselves via a free Backpack account.

[3] Autreach history

The Autreach Network and the Autreach IT project were discussed at Autscape in August 2007. Following the Politics of Autism meeting at City Hall London on 12 September 2007, the Autreach principles evolved from discussions on the Autreach Network Discussion Forum and the London Autistic Rights Movement email group, and were first posted at
The orthography of “Nothing about aUtiSm without aUtiStics” was coined by Autreach Admin in a private email group in October 2007.