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This list is not a place to conduct research about autism, either by actively soliciting information or by lurking and observing. Professionals with research interests in autism will not be admitted unless they provide a statement that information shared on ANI-L will not be used for any research purposes, and that research subjects will not be solicited from the membership of ANI-L.
Subject matter and communication style in the AC-oriented topics are determined by what autistics and cousins are interested in. (See the "Information about topics" message for an explanation of the topics.) If a topic of discussion is of interest to autistics and cousins on the list, even if non-autistic people are not interested in it, the topic is considered appropriate content for the list. On the other hand, if a topic is of interest primarily to non-autistic readers and is uninteresting or offensive to a significant portion of autistics and cousins, that topic is considered inappropriate for this list. It is not acceptable for non-autistic list members to lecture to autistics and cousins regarding "correct" topics or styles of communication. If you are not comfortable with autistic communication, there are other lists which you may prefer to subscribe to.
The list has a Parents' Auxiliary section where family members who believe in the principles of Autism Network International can connect with other family members who share this philosophy. Some autistics and cousins may choose to participate in discussions in the Parents' Auxiliary. However, this is entirely at the discretion of the individual autistic person or cousin; being able to discuss parenting issues with autistic adults is not something parents should expect or feel entitled to as a part of membership in ANI-L. The primary purpose of the Parents' Auxiliary is for parents to share information and feelings with other parents. See the "Special information about the Parents' Auxiliary" message for full guidelines regarding this section.
One of the fundamental principles of Autism Network International is that autism is a way of being, not a defect or a tragedy. We are here to affirm that autistic lives are meaningful and worthwhile lives. Discussions about ways to make autistic people "less autistic," to "cure" autism, to render autistic people indistinguishable from non-autistic people, or to prevent the births of future autistic people, demean and devalue our lives as autistic people. These topics are not appropriate for this list.
Topics that are appropriate for this list include sharing of ways autistic people can cope and function as autistic people, promoting civil rights for autistic people, advocating for appropriate educational and vocational services for autistic people, autistic humor, square-dancing llamas, and autistic culture in general.
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LIST SECURITYThe listowners do the best we can to maintain the safety and security of the list. Our success depends on the cooperation of all the members. Please keep the following in mind as you participate on ANI-L:
While this is a closed list, it is nevertheless a public list. Anything you post here is read by a large number of people, most of whom are strangers to you. If there is something you wish to say to a small number of list members that you consider friends, but you do not want it to be read by a large number of strangers, you should send it by private email only to the people you want to read it.
In any public forum there is a risk that people will join and will proceed to harass other members. This is a risk we can try to reduce by requiring new members to be approved by the listowners. But since listowners are not clairvoyant, we cannot eliminate the risk entirely. Therefore, please DO NOT include your snail mail address or phone number in any post to ANI-L. If you have a sig file that automatically adds this information to your outgoing mail, please remember to delete it before sending posts to ANI-L.
Since this is a closed forum, most things that are posted on it should be treated as confidential. Posts that specifically invite people to pass them along, public announcements (for example, regarding conferences, media events, or other public events), and cross-posted items from open lists may be shared outside ANI-L. Anything else that is posted on ANI-L is NOT to be shared with anyone who is not a member of ANI-L, unless the person who posted the item gives permission for it to be shared elsewhere. Violation of this policy is grounds for removal from the list.
Private Email Between Members Of ANI-LPrivate email should usually be treated as confidential. However, sometimes people use private email to harass other people. People who do this depend on the victims not to report them. They try to convince the people they're harassing that the victims are obligated to protect the harassers' confidentiality. If this kind of harassment takes place only in private mail, the listowners cannot take any action unless someone lets us know about it.
If someone is sending you private email that you find
should forward the mail to one of the listowners. Some indications that
private mail might be inappropriate and not protected by the
confidentiality policy include:
mail whose primary purpose is not to share anying about the person who sends it, but only to attack the person who receives it;
mail that shares things about the sender that the recipient has not asked to share and can reasonably be expected to find upsetting (for example, unsolicited mail about sexual topics, suicide, etc.);
mail from someone the recipient has already indicated that he or she does not want to receive private mail from;
or mail about things that the recipient has already indicated that he or she would rather not discuss.If you are unsure about whether you are being harassed by another list member, ask a listowner to read the mail in question.
Special precautions should be observed in private correspondence between parents and autistics/cousins:
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