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A.A.U. and A.T.U Founder/Lead Organizer/Teen Group Leader:

My name is Daniel Landry. I am 29 years old and live in Madison County, North Carolina. I believe that Autism is not something that needs to be cured, but rather something that society can learn to embrace. Sometimes there are no better professionals for a person on the Autistic spectrum than other Autistics. We are adults who have grown into our Autism, not out of it. With a trusting attitude and helpful community, our fellow Autistics can learn to not only cope with day-to-day life, but thrive in it. Not everybody has been supportive or believed in us, but sometimes we end up working together with these people to make some kind of compromise so as to learn from each other, whether we realize it or not.

I was one of 25 people chosen in North Carolina to participate in the Partners in Policymaking program. I was encouraged to apply to Partners in Policymaking over a year ago from one of my friends and community partners in advocacy, Julia Bramsen, who was also participating in the course. In 2013, Bramsen conceived and organized the world’s first Autism Pride Week, which took place in Asheville, North Carolina.

I am a passionate advocate for the Autistic population because I, too, am on the Autism spectrum. I have Asperger’s syndrome, as well as a severe developmental delay, ADHD, and dysgraphia.

Being on the Autism spectrum and having physical and mental disabilities, I see the lack of community and the need for people to come together and not just sit back. It takes two people in every instance to build any relationship. In this case, it often takes one person on the Autism spectrum and a neurotypical person on the other end, to be open to the creation of solutions. However, the first step towards acceptance is to dispel the stigma consigned to those on the Autism spectrum.

I encourage fellow Autistics to embrace their Autism. As we continue on life’s journey, we continue to realize the great personal benefits of having Asperger’s or being on the Autism spectrum. Sometimes the best therapy is to have fellow Autistics to relate to, to talk with, regardless of age. With the right support, I believe that every Autistic can function and flourish in today’s society regardless of where they are on the Autism

A.T.U.Parent Group Leader: Heather Gray is a Senior Services Coordinator at the Autism Society of North Carolina based in Asheville. She helps advocate for children and adults on the Autistic spectrum and strives to develop networks of support throughout the community. She is the mother of a teenage daughter on the Autism spectrum. Her first-hand experience with her daughter and her passion for those on the spectrum make her a valuable parent group leader for A.T.U.

A.A.U. and A.T.U Assistant Organizer: Priscilla Brackett is a mother, a business owner, a college student, and a proud supporter of neurodiversity. “I’ve always been quiet and shy. I had very few friends as a child, and even less as an adult. I was diagnosed with Asperger’s when I was 32 and suddenly my whole life made sense. I no longer felt self-conscious about my differences, and I realized that many of the things I have been successful at in my life were a direct result of my Asperger’s traits. For the first time ever, I developed a sense of self-worth and purpose. Now I’m very outspoken about my Asperger’s because I want to promote acceptance of the Autism community. When I found out about A.A.U. and A.T.U., I was so happy to finally meet fellow Aspies! I was really anxious about going to my first meeting because I was so afraid that I wouldn't fit in or I wouldn’t feel accepted. Instead, I found it to be the most welcoming and comfortable group I have ever attended. I’m so excited to be a part of this group!!!

For more information about Asperger’s Adults United or Asperger’s Teens United, please contact Danny Landry at (828) 319-1017 or [email protected]

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