"Family Comes First? highlights the core concept in the establishment of ASEAN Autism Network (AAN), organized
by APCD in cooperation with JICA on Dec 13th-15th, 2010. This newly born Network brings an exciting beginning to
the ASEAN Autism community, to be sure. This initiative will be an effective forum for the ASEAN region. In addition,
the Network can work at the National and Sub-regional levels to advocate for the rights of Persons with Autism.
Finally, the Network can support Self-advocates to form their own groups at the community level.
The mission of AAN is to support, assist, facilitate and enhance autism-related family support groups in collaboration
with other stakeholders in the ASEAN region and globally. One of the main objectives is to educate, develop, and
give opportunities for autism-related family support groups of each member country, helping them to grow towards
achieving global standards with reference to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(CRPD) and other international and regional instruments related to autism.