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Kids are the leaders
Kids are the leaders
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February is leadership months. Other articles have featured some Pennsylvania leadership programs. There are some leadership programs starting for the summer as well. ASAN, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network has a summer leadership academy coming up. Here are the details.

The Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Leadership Academy, a project of the Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) made possible with the support of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, prepares Autistic students to create systems change on their college campuses. Participants acquire valuable skills in community organizing, policy formation, and grassroots & campus-based activism. Alumni receive support and technical assistance in implementing their advocacy goals following the training.

The 2014 ACI summer leadership academy will take place in Washington, D.C. between June 8 and June 14. Applicants must identify as Autistic and be current college students with at least one year remaining before graduation. Travel and lodging are fully covered by ASAN.

The application can be found here:

Youth who have Autism are often lost in the world. They may feel socially unaccepted. They have a lot to teach society in general. Some may just need to know how to appropriately express their ideas. A leadership academy like the one mentioned above can give them the opportunity to get their voice heard. The future leaders can bring back these skills and ideas to their own communities and make a difference.