The Action For Autistics Masterplan (AFAM) proposes community-led solutions focusing on supporting adult autistics with low support needs, especially those who are gifted. This neglected group is seen as disabled yet not as needing support. Many of them could have made great contributions to the world and break the limitations of autism if only the right support and coaching are provided.
The AFAM supports and works in partnership with the organisation-led Autism Enabling Masterplan (AEM) that focuses on the more general needs of the autism community. Eric, the proposer of AFAM, assumes that readers already have a basic knowledge of the AEM.
Just as the AEM focuses on the specific needs of the autism community to complement the Enabling Masterplan, the AFAM focuses on the specific needs of adult autistics with low support needs to complement the AEM.
Eric was inspired by the Small but Mighty spirit – the same spirit behind the founding of modern Singapore. Eric aims to utilise the minimum resources to create the maximum impact for the autism community. The Whatsapp Autism Community of Singapore co-founded by Eric is one such example.
Eric does not wish to duplicate the good work of other existing organisations, initiatives and plans. Hence, Eric’s work is not about championing inclusion or forming disability organisations. Eric aims to enable autistics to participate as equal partners together with the community to create strategic change.
This masterplan is neither about charity nor profitability, neither about fixing autism nor being proud of autism, neither about disability nor diversity. This masterplan invites autistic people to come together as a race/culture (in the spirit of Neurodiversity and Neurotribes). This new narrative shall redefine the autistics’ collective relationship with the world, where they can support all Humanity to create a new era of peace and prosperity.
This masterplan is also an open invitation for the autism community to come together to build the proposed solutions. Rather than being the leader-in-charge, Eric is more of a visionary and facilitator who supports and works with other passionate community leaders.
As a followup to the Life After Death Forum 2019, the AFAM is a work-in-progress only expected to be fully implemented by the year 2050. It will be expanded on and refined based on feedback and new developments.
For each category, we will start with creating the simpler level 1 solutions (i.e. C1, A1, B1), then proceed to level 2, then level 3 and finally level 4. Each solution may require the creation of a dedicated organisation. Except for C4 which will likely be a social enterprise, the other organisations will likely be non-profit.
Feedback will be collected over the next few months to create an improved version of the Masterplan. After which, surveys and public webinars will be launched to explain and discuss the ideas in greater detail. If there is sufficient interest, teams will be assembled to implement the ideas. If not, then the ideas will be shelved until when the community is ready to support them.