What is an Ally?

According to Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, an ally is someone “joined with another for a common purpose.”

 

Being an Ally with PRAGNYA for autism is the process of working to develop individual attitudes, institutions, and culture in which people touched by Autism feel they are valued and feel welcome into the mainstream. This work is motivated by an enlightened self-interest to raise awareness and acceptance of the mainstream community to the the individuals on the Autism spectrum. An ally is a person who works both to facilitate the development of all students around issues of learning and to improve the experience of people with Autism.​

An Ally for Pragnya... 

  • Believes that it is in their self-interest to be an ally to individuals touched by Autism.

  • Has worked to develop an understanding of issues people with Autism face.

  • Works to understand how patterns of oppression operate, and is willing to identify oppressive acts and challenge the oppressive behaviors of others.

  • As an ally you are publicly acknowledging your support for people with Autism and the issues and challenges they face.

  • Chooses to align with individuals with Autism, and represents their needs — especially when they are unable to do so themselves.

  • Promotes a sense of community involving and embracing individuals with autism, and teaches others about the importance of these communities. Encourages others to also provide advocacy.

STUDENT ALLY

Kids who are neuro-typical (hitting all developmental milestones) typically nine (9) years of age and up who have a genuine interest in working to develop individual attitudes, institutions, and culture in which people touched by Autism feel they are valued and feel welcome into the mainstream. An ally is a person who works both to facilitate the development of all students around issues of learning and to improve the worldly, societal experience of people with Autism.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

ALLY CLUBS

Anyone can become a PRAGNYA Ally. We encourage schools and colleges to have Pragnya Ally chapters. Joining or starting an PRAGNYA chapter will help you learn to serve as a leader and advocate for acculturation to autism on campus and in the local community.

To bring a PRAGNYA ALLY Chapter to your school and community, Send us an email HERE!

Then have your one-on-one introductory call with our Student Initiatives Team and as a PRAGNYA Ally help enhance lives and the Acculturation of Autistic community with the mainstream.

ADULT ALLY

Typically, for our Academic sessions and Social Sessions which are more 1-1 peer to peer interactions, we encourage children between the ages of 9 and 21 to be part of the Ally program.  But in our immersion activities such as the Pragnya Concert series, and Real-world experiences, like onsite Excursions and other outdoor activity we encourage Allies of all ages to come forward to help acculturate PRAGNYA children and families to the mainstream experiences.



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BECOME AN ALLY

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