Individuals or groups engage in advocacy to influence political-economic decisions and social
institutions. These include activities and publications to prepare, revise, supervise, and implement public
policies, laws, budgets, and so on for the benefit of their people. This is achieved by statement of facts
and relationship with other life affairs, fields, media, and messages through education, raising
awareness, and more.
As advocacy deals with law and every citizen has rights that should be respected, we aim to prepare,
revise, and supervise the implementation of laws, guidelines, by-laws, and so on. To this end, various
legal documents have been prepared, including:
1. Comprehensive Act for Protection of the Disabled approved in 2017
2. United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities approved in 2006
• Right to education,
• Legal recognition,
• Independence and social integration,
• Adequate standard of living and participation in public life.
Various scientific and social levels have different models for people with disability. The social model
has a proper perspective that is needed for people with autism. Contrary to the medical model, the social
model discusses the social, structural, physical, and attitudinal obstacles in society that inhibit people
with disability to be fully present in society. Although this model mentions people’s physical and mental
disorders, it doesn’t consider them deficiencies. Rather, it blames an environment not prepared for
hosting different people and thoughts that only serves a specific group of humans.
To respond to the concerns of families based on value-creation movements that have set the strategies,
the association will continue advocacy with the policy of actions and unitary advocacy indicators based
on the need for national adoption, support, focus on tangible results, and creation of a model with the
key strategy of advocacy.
1. Preparing upstream documents
2. Amending laws, guidelines, etc.
3. Supervising the implementation of laws
These three points should be implemented with a focus on support, countering of inequalities, better
access, and improvement and development based on the eight chapters of the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The three main ministries (Education, Health and Medical Education, and Cooperatives, Labor, and
Social Welfare), Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Law
Enforcement Command, Judiciary, the legislative branch (Islamic Consultative Assembly and the
Guardian Council), associated scientific and guild associations, institutes, popular organization and
charities, Medical Council, Bar Association, and municipalities and district or rural governments
• Obtaining a national license, under the name of the “Iran Autism Association”
• Holding the first national conference on autism
• Obtaining official permission from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance to publish the first specialized quarterly autism called “The Voice of Autism”
• Implementation of health check plan for children with autism for the first time in Iran
• Implementation of the pilot project of early medical interventions, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Medical Education for the first time
• Development of a national autism program in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education, Welfare Organization and Exceptional Education Organization
• Obtaining the license of the first comprehensive center for developmental disorders and autism spectrum from the Deputy Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Education
• Defining Autism as incurable and especial disease
• Exemption from military service for young boys with autism in cooperation with the department of military affairs.
• Launching a comprehensive system for missing persons with autism in cooperation with police.
• Implementation of the second stage of health check plan for 120 children under the age of 12