ASAN now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy

Autism Campus Inclusion

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2019 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy!  

Download the application here!  Please submit a completed application by the end of the day (midnight) on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 to Haley Outlaw at

ACI helps Autistic students learn to make their college campuses better for people with disabilities. ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in power. During ACI, all participants go to the U.S. Capitol to talk to their Senators and Representatives about policies important to the disability community.  After the Academy, students get help from ASAN to meet their advocacy goals at their college.

Past students have learned new skills and information about:

  • Developmental Disability Policy
  • SMART Goals and Action Plans
  • Meetings and Facilitations
  • Building Your Student Group
  • Building Relationships and Campaigns Using Intersectionality
  • Strategic Relationship-Building
  • Campaign Strategies
  • ASAN Policy Goals
  • Sharing Your Story For a Political Purpose
  • Effective Debunking

ACI participants will travel to Washington D.C. from June 15th to June 22nd, 2019.  ASAN pays for travel and rooms for all ACI students.

If you need assistance or accommodations at any stage, or have any questions about ACI, please contact Haley Outlaw at

View our flyer!

Watch the video of our alumni sharing their experiences!

Visit the ASAN Website for more information.

The Iowa City Autism Community Calm Kit Fundraiser at Hudson’s Tap

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Join us at Hudson’s Tap in Iowa City for Community Night!

Hudson’s will donate 15% of all sales (food, beverage, even retail should they sell any gift cards) to the Iowa City Autism Community.

100% of funds raised will be used towards the creation of “Calm Kits” to be distributed to area schools. Kits will include tools for self-soothing, relaxation, mindfulness and calming: a variety of fidgets, breathing tools, visual timers, noise cancelling headphones, and other items that target the tactile, vestibular, olfactory, and proprioceptive systems. Kits are being created in consultation with Autism Consultants.

More about Hudson’s here:
More about the Iowa City Autism Community here:

Saturday January 19th! Join Us for a Sensory – Friendly Browsing Hour at the Iowa City Public Library!

Join us Saturday, January 19th from 9am-10am at The Iowa City Public Library for a sensory – friendly browsing hour! The library does an amazing job of accommodating patrons on the autism spectrum every day but during this special closed-to-the-general-public browsing hour, they can guarantee limited crowd size, control over lower lighting, noise and other factors that can be over-stimulating for those who have sensory processing challenges.

This is an ALL AGES event and participants are welcome and encouraged to enjoy all offered activities.

For more information, please visit the facebook event here. For questions or additional accommodations, please contact Jessie Witherell at

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New Upcoming Workshop – “Autism 101 – An Introduction to Autism for Babysitters, Child Care Providers, and Others Who Care for Autistic Children and Youth. 

We are proud to announce the next event in our ICAC and UI Children’s Hospital Autism Center Workshop Series – “Autism 101: An Introduction to Autism for Babysitters, Child Care Providers, and Others Who Care for Autistic Children and Youth. 

This workshop will be FREE and interested participants will be able to receive a training certificate through the state of Iowa. Child care providers must sign up and register online:

This is a unique and valuable opportunity for anyone interested in working with children on the autism spectrum. Presentations will include An Introduction to Autism from Dr. Todd Kopelman (UIHC Psychiatry and Pediatrics), Practical Strategies and Tools presented by Monica Ryan Raush (AEA Autism Consultant) and What Is Autism Acceptance? presented by Dina Bishara and Jessie Witherell (The Iowa City Autism Community) along with a parent panel that will provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and discuss matters related to autism.

Please email Mary Roberts to confirm your attendance at


Due to a sudden pool closure, January’s swim event will have to be rescheduled. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will send out a notification when tickets are available for the next swim.

— The Iowa City Autism Community