Spellers & Allies

Current Projects

Spellers & Allies Supports Black Lives Matter

In June 2020, following the death of George Floyd, we felt it was important to say something in support of the Black Lives Matters movement. We created a script and video collaboratively to express our support. Please share this widely for us. Change in attitude is required to bring everyone together to fight against injustice towards Black communities. 

Take Action!

The Black Lives Matter organization is actively spearheading the fight for racial parity. 


The Autistic People of Color Fund works to empower autistic people of color. 

    • Home page:    Autism & Race
    • Donation page:    AWN Network(include a note indicating that the money is for the Autistic People of Color Fund in an email donations@awnnetwork.org)


Autistic Black Students Matter Scholarship at Hirsch Academy


The Innocence Project works to liberate wrongly convicted individuals and fight for criminal justice reform.

 

Learn More!

Black Lives Matter:

  1.   An interview with the founders of BLM
  2.   BLM Handbook


Black & Nonspeaking Reflection by Ben McGann:

  1.    Autistic Reflections on Racism


Police Brutality and Disability/Neurodiversity:

  1.    Deaths due to use of lethal force 
  2.    Media Coverage of Law Enforcement
  3.    Is Police Abolition a Neurodiversity Issue, Too?
  4.    Black, Disabled and at Risk

 

What is the Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network?

We know that true accessibility requires more acceptance and awareness in our communities at large and that young people are a strong voice in advocacy. I-ASC wishes to create a network of passionate and informed young people working to make acceptance and awareness a reality.

Group Purpose

The I-ASC Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network is a group of spellers and allies who advocate together around issues that concern nonspeaking people, such as agency, autonomy, and access. Through public education and advocacy campaigns, we seek to make real change for all nonspeaking people. The Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network welcomes nonspeaking, minimally speaking and unreliably speaking adults above the age of 18. We welcome allies and anyone interested in becoming an ally between the ages of 18-30.

Culture Code

When Spellers & Allies began, we collaboratively created a culture code to ensure that everyone in our group feels valued and empowered. All of our members agree to follow and honor these values before joining our group. Please read our culture code here. Culture Code Our group members agree to follow and honor these values. If you are new to being an ally to nonspeaking people. Learn more here in our blog post: How to be an Ally

We Invite You to Get Involved

Learn more about our network and important information before getting involved in our Orientation Handbook.

In the fall of 2020, Spellers & Allies decided to extend our age range for nonspeaking, minimally speaking and unreliably speaking members. We now welcome anyone who identifies as nonspeaking over the age of 18. We welcome allies and anyone wishing to become an ally to nonspeaking people between the ages of 18-30. Join our movement now by emailing spellers-allies@i-asc.org or visit our webpage at www.i-asc.org/spellers-allies

Past Events

 

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPMPresuming Competence Meme Campaign

Presume competence means to never underestimate the abilities of a nonspeaker by visualizing them as having an intellect. During the initial meetings and conversations in Spellers & Allies, spelling members repeatedly brought up how important presuming competence was to them and how they felt that people all around them continue not to presume competence. For this reason, we decided to launch an online meme campaign about presuming competence. Check out I-ASC’s social media pages Facebook and Instagram  to share and like our memes. Do you have an idea for a meme? We would love to hear from you!

 

Website Launch Dance Party

Dear Dancers & Partiers,
Thank you for coming to our dance party. We had a blast with all of you!!!!
We wanted to keep your party going so we asked DJ Schaik It Up to design a playlist just for us.

Click here to enjoy: PLAYLIST

 

Interview Project
I-ASC initiated the Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network because we knew that we needed to build the I-ASC movement on relationships. We wanted all speaking allies to have a chance to have a conversation with a nonspeaker so that they knew who nonspeakers are and why this advocacy is so important. This is one of the ways that we make “nothing for us without us” a true tenet of I-ASC and our advocacy work. Unfortunately, in-depth conversations between nonspeaking people and speaking people of the same age group rarely happen. We want to work to change this. Here is a snapshot of these first conversations.  Now you can get to know the members of the Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network and so that you can imagine a different world with us.

How Would You Change The World First?