ASAN-NJ Chapter By-laws

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network- New Jersey Chapter Bylaws

295048_10150612857276502_598843931_n Article I: Mission Statement and Purpose

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network New Jersey Chapter (ASAN-NJ) seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement as it relates to Autism.  ASAN-NJ believes in the following principles:

  • Autistic people of New Jersey and elsewhere must have access to and enjoy the same rights and opportunities as all other citizens.
  • The Autistic community of New Jersey must be empowered to, and be given the chance to take control over our own lives and the future of our common community.
  • The Autistic community of New Jersey must have a voice in local, county, state, and national policy decisions, embodying the core Autistic Self Advocacy Network principle, “Nothing About Us, Without Us!”

295048_10150612857276502_598843931_n Article II:  Members

ASAN-NJ is a volunteer-based organization, led by and composed of members of the Autistic Community of New Jersey, defined as anyone currently residing in the State of New Jersey who has been diagnosed with or who self-identifies as having Autism, Asperger Syndrome, or Autism Spectrum Disorder.  These members are hereafter referred to as “Autistic Members”.  In addition, allies of the Autistic Community of New Jersey who do not fit the above definition, but who support ASAN-NJ and ASAN values are also welcome as members of ASAN-NJ.  These members are hereafter referred to as “Allistic Members”.  Members of ASAN-NJ shall have the following privileges:

  • All members are welcome to attend and support ASAN-NJ events, including monthly meetings, events, gatherings, protests, and outreach campaigns.
  • All Autistic Members may run for and hold leadership positions in ASAN-NJ. All members of ASAN-NJ, whether Autistic Members or Allistic Members may vote on all matters.
  • All members are welcome to support ASAN-NJ by providing their time, work, or any material or financial resources to support the activities of the chapter, and to fill open leadership positions on an interim basis.

295048_10150612857276502_598843931_n Article III:  Leadership

ASAN-NJ shall maintain four designated leadership positions, as outlined in this section.  Any Autistic or Allistic member may nominate an Autistic Member of ASAN-NJ to a vacant leadership position at any time.  All positions shall be elected for one (1) year terms.  If a leadership position is or becomes vacant, a special election may be held to fill the position.  All Autistic Members of the Chapter are eligible to fill chapter leadership positions on a permanent basis.

The Chapter Coordinator is the senior member of the ASAN-NJ leadership.  Other members of the ASAN-NJ leadership will report to the Chapter Coordinator.  If another leadership position is vacant, the Chapter Coordinator shall assume all responsibilities of vacant leadership positions.

The Coordinator shall have the following responsibilities:

  • Attending ASAN-NJ meetings and events, and coordinating with external organizations on major activities, as practical.
  • Serving as a liaison to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network national organization and coordinating with other chapters.
  • Outreach and engagement efforts with the broader Autistic Community of New Jersey.
  • Arranging the times, locations, and facilities for ASAN-NJ meetings and events.
  • Addressing interpersonal conflicts amongst chapter members and resolving any disputes among members of the chapter.
  • Chapter Secretary

The Chapter Secretary shall have the following responsibilities:

  • Attending ASAN-NJ meetings and events, and recording the minutes for ASAN-NJ meetings, as practical.
  • Developing the agenda for monthly meetings and allocating time during meetings. In the event that the chapter secretary is absent from an event, they may prearrange for a temporary secretary, or if this is not feasible, another member may volunteer to temporarily act as secretary.
  • Organizing, tabulating, and communicating the results of ASAN-NJ leadership elections.
  • Maintaining ASAN-NJ’s social media and online presence, and coordinating online activities in support of chapter initiatives.
  • Maintaining contact information for ASAN-NJ members and communicating information regarding monthly meeting locations, times, and other information.

The Chapter Policy Leader shall have the following responsibilities:

  • Attending ASAN-NJ meetings and events as practical
  • Coordinating policy, social service, and community support programming and promoting ASAN-NJ’s role as an organization that can provide both direct and indirect support for the Autistic Community of New Jersey.
  • Assisting the Chapter Coordinator and Secretary in organizing volunteer, petition, policy, protest, and other activities.
  • Maintaining current knowledge of ongoing issues impacting the Autistic Community of New Jersey.
  • Chapter Treasurer

The Chapter Treasurer shall have the following responsibilities:

  • Accounting for chapter revenues, expenses, and balances.
  • Attending ASAN-NJ meetings and events as practical
  • Developing budgets for Chapter events, meetings, and activities, and ensuring adequate resources are provided for these.