Our advocacy work focuses on facilitating the advocacy done by family members and autistic adults and helping them share their stories.

Advocacy Work

Our Advocacy Committee is always looking for new members.
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Disability Candidate Forums

What are the Disability Candidate Forums? Disability Forums are small, private candidate forums that give the local developmental disability community a place to advocate for their needs to local and state candidates willing to listen! Candidates running for office discuss their views on disability-related issues important to the autism community. Attendees have the unique opportunity to both educate the candidates on the needs of the local autism community and share their personal stories. Attendees are not required to talk and do not need to reside in a particular candidate's district to attend. The autism community needs people to simply show up to represent our community at the forums and show the candidates our community wants change!

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Review the forums we initiated this year!

Forums in collaboration with Arc of Northern Virginia:

1. Republican Lt. Governor Candidates, April 13th, 6-7:30 PM (flyer attached)

2. House Districts 40/51, April 27th, 6-7:30 PM (flyer coming soon)

3. Attorney General Candidates, April 29th, 6-7:30 PM (flyer coming soon)

4. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates, May 4, 6-7:30 PM (flyer coming soon)

5. House Districts 34/86, May 6th, 6-7:30 PM (flyer coming soon)

6. Democratic Lt. Governor Candidates, May 11th, 6-7:30 PM (flyer coming soon)

7. House Districts 38/45/47/49, May 18th, 6-7:30 PM (flyer coming soon)

8. Republic Gubernatorial Candidates, date TBD as it had to be rescheduled (flyer coming soon)


You are advocating just by attending and we love the questions you send. Spread the word far and wide.  Show the power of the disability vote!

Advocacy Trainings

Our Advocacy trainings help YOU learn more about advocacy work so that you can effectively advocate for yourself, your family, and/or other members of the ASNV community. ASNV's Advocacy Committee hosted an autism advocacy training earlier this year! Attendees learned about effective advocacy from a Virginia State Delegate as well as how to best advocate in the school system from an experienced Educational Advocate. The training also covered current pressing autism advocacy issues, advocacy at the community and state level, and preparing for DD Advocacy Day! To stay informed of upcoming trainings, join our e-mail list

Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Day

Every year, we join our partners at the Arc of Virginia and head to Richmond for a day of state advocacy. Why advocate with us? Virginia continues to fall behind in providing services to people with developmental disabilities. We are not in compliance with our Dept. of Justice settlement agreement, our waiting list for Medicaid Waivers has ballooned to over 12,000 people and we're facing budget cuts. More than ever, we need you! To stay informed of future Advocacy Days, subscribe to our mailing list below.

Autism Society Day on the Hill

Autism Society of America's Day on the Hill is where passion meets strategic public policy and advocacy. Each year, affiliate leaders, national board members, Autism Society volunteers, and staff descend upon the Nation’s Capitol to educate Congressional leaders, policymakers, and legislative staff on critical issues and laws of great importance to the autism community. 

Advocacy Alerts


Whether it's an advocacy day, writing letters to your senator or representative, or coming to a town hall, we need your support! Sign up for our advocacy alerts to join us in our fight for autism acceptance. 

Candidate Questionnaires


Every year, the Virginia Ability Alliance, a group of disability nonprofit organizations of which ASNV is a part, sends out surveys to candidates running for public office. The surveys ask about the candidates' views on inclusion, funding for disability services, their own experience with disability, and more. Learn more about the VAA and the surveys by clicking here.