Advancing the Future for Adults with Autism is an organization that works closely with America Speaks to better the lives of adults with autism. In 2009 AFFA held a National Town Hall Meeting to create a national policy agenda which AFFA plans to propose to Congress.
As of 2010, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (population 20,000) has sustained the practice of organized, public dialogue and deliberation for over ten years. Since 1999, diverse community groups in Portsmouth have organized at least six rounds of large-scale dialogue-to-action circles (study circles) initiatives. This case study provides brief descriptions of four of these initiatives from 1999 through 2004. Descriptions of Portsmouth’s later public engagement initiatives will be added to this entry at a later date, or posted as separate entries.
The District of Columbia Neighbourhood Action Initiative, more commonly referred to as the D.C. Citizen Summits, is “the longest running large-scale town meeting in United States history”(America Speaks, 2011). Incorporating input form 13,000 participants over a six year period the project noticeably shaped both the direction and content of the administration’s policy.