2019 ASAN Annual Gala

November 13, 2019 @ 6:00PM — 9:00PM

Our annual celebration of self advocacy!

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Please join us!

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


Join us for a special celebration and fundraising event on Wednesday, November 13. Dinner and dessert will be served and a reception will precede dinner. Proceeds will support our advocacy work and programs for the coming year, and allow us to continue working to empower disabled people across the country.

Keynote Speaker

Alice Wong is a disabled activist, podcaster, and consultant based in San Francisco. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture. With Gregg Beratan and Andrew Pulrang, Alice is a co-partner in #CripTheVote, an online nonpartisan movement which promotes civic engagement for people with disabilities, including increasing voter turnout. Alice is also the editor of two anthologies by disabled people: Resistance and Hope, published last year, and the upcoming Disability Visibility, coming out summer 2020.

Service to the Self Advocacy Movement

Dora Raymaker, Ph.D., is Co-director of the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE). AASPIRE’s projects include studies on healthcare, employment, and autistic burnout, all vitally important to the autistic community. Dora’s research emphasizes community-engaged practice and authentic inclusion of autistic people in research. They are also associate editor of the scholarly journal Autism in Adulthood and Research Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute. In addition, Dora writes fiction with neurodivergent heroes, including science fiction mystery novel Hoshi and the Red City Circuit.

Harriet McBryde Johnson Award for Nonfiction

Sara Luterman is a multiply disabled journalist and commentator based in Washington DC. Her work has appeared in Slate, The Washington Post, Radiolab, and Undark Magazine, among other outlets. She has covered a broad variety of topics, all with a focus on making neurodiversity and disability rights concepts accessible to mainstream audiences. She also serves on the board of Autspace, a conference by and for autistic people.

Ally of the Year Award

Connie Choi co-leads the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future national campaign. The PIF campaign coordinates hundreds of different member organizations to fight against unjust laws and policies, such as the public charge rule that would discriminate against immigrants with disabilities and their families. The PIF campaign led the fight against public charge, and just this Friday, advocates secured a temporary block of the rule. Connie primarily oversees the field, education and mobilization strategy for the campaign. She is an attorney, advocate and consultant with over 15 years of experience in the legal, nonprofit, and government sectors.

Master of Ceremonies

John Marble is the founder of Pivot Neurodiversity and is a writer and speaker on innovation, autism, and neurodiversity in the workplace. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama to the United States Office of Personnel Management. In addition to his White House service, he has served as an advisor and aide to Secretary Hillary Clinton, Senator John Kerry, and Vice President Al Gore. John Marble also serves a Bay Area Regional Advisory Committee Member for the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities and co-founded Bay Area Queer Autistics, a connecting point for queer neurodiverse individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is autistic.

For more information about gala sponsorship opportunities, contact Jean Winegardner at jwinegardner@autisticadvocacy.org.