AFAM » Strategic Issues

The Action For Autistics Masterplan (AFAM) focuses on 3 main issues, with 4 key concepts under each thrust.


1) Expanding Autistic Identity

1a) Hidden Autistics & Caregivers: working with successful* autistics who do not publicly identify as autistic as well as their caregiver counterparts [ *as measured by non-autistic mainstream standards ]

1b) Dynamic Diagnosis: redefining autism as an alternative form of human development, culture and race rather than a disorder; break different support needs into different classifications; correcting misdiagnosis of autism (when the actual diagnosis is an anti-social personality disorder)

1c) Community Unity: breaking out of divisive narratives and isolated silos to build bridges of acceptance, forgiveness and collaboration

1d) Autistic Potential: expanding and exploring new possibilities of autistics rather than focusing only on limitations


2) Supporting Adult Autistics (without intellectual disabilities)

2a) Mental Wellness: developing new tools and systems to support a neglected area that can make an enormous difference for most autistics

2b) Safe Spaces: providing places where autistics can live, work and play in an accepting and autism-friendly environment

2c) Self Reliance: supporting autistics to support themselves rather than rely on expensive non-autistic professionals

2d) Leadership Training: building constructive, resilient and purpose-driven mindsets via community service


3) Massive Win-win Collaboration

3a) Inclusive Equality Alliance: Autistics working with other stakeholders as equals; autistics improving their competencies and create value for all stakeholders

3b) Changemakers Alliance: building alliances of changemakers to mutually support each others’ projects

3c) Researcher Alliance: building alliances of researchers who can study the same group of people and support each others’ research

3d) Trans-Autism Alliance: for autistics to utilise the abilities, passion and gifts to contribute constructively to other worthy international causes beyond the autism community in Singapore