Constitution

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)
Student Chapter at The Ohio State University

Mission.

The goals of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) are to advance the autistic culture movement and to improve the representation of the autistic community in public policy deliberations about autism and disability affairs. ASAN’s chapter at Ohio State seeks to provide opportunities for social and community involvement in and around the Columbus area.

Purpose.

ASAN is a non-profit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN’s supporters include autistic adults and youth, those with other distinct neurological types, and neurotypical family members, professionals, educators, and friends. ASAN provides support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum. ASAN also works to change public perception and to combat misinformation by educating communities about persons on the autism spectrum. Our activities include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research, and the development of autistic cultural activities and other opportunities for autistic people.

Non-discrimination policy.

Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.

Structure.

Responsibilities.

President: Active in creating the schedule for the year; coordinates details of meetings and events; corresponds with representatives of the national organization; collaborates with the vice president, treasurer, and faculty advisor on grant applications; updates the website.

Vice President: Maintains the email list; corresponds with representatives of the national organization; assists in creating the annual schedule; assists with grant applications; updates the website.

Treasurer: Responsible for the maintenance of the checking account and all funds; reports to the president, vice president, advisor, and event committees; assists with grant applications.

Faculty Advisor: Must be a member of the faculty or professional staff; attends meetings when needed; maintains contact with officers and provides guidance for the organization.

** All officers are expected to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, in accordance with University rules for student leaders.

Revising the constitution.

This constitution needs to be discussed with the faculty advisor and approved by over two-thirds of all members. Any changes must be forwarded to the national organization.

Impeaching officers.

The president has the right to dismiss any irresponsible project leader for any activity. The dismissal of the president, vice president, or treasurer should be nominated by at least three members and supported by over two-thirds of the committee members who attend committee meetings. The faculty advisor will oversee the process in order to ensure fairness.

Dissolving the organization.

The dissolution of the organization should be based on the voting of all members, and the number of votes necessary for dissolution must exceed three-fourths.

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