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The Ambassadors of Autistan

Functions of the Ambassadors

Conditions and rules

Special Ambassadors of Autistan

Precision about representativeness and Ambassadors

Relations between the Ambassadors and the “Natives” of Autistan

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The Ambassadors of Autistan

  

BE (Belgium) – Brussels :

François Delcoux




BR-AM (Brazil, State of Amazonas) – Manaus :

Bruno Dantas

  • Contact : ambassador-br-am (à) autistan.org

BR-CE (Brazil, State of Ceara) – Fortaleza :

João Carlos Pinheiro

  • Contact : ambassador-br-ce (à) autistan.org

BR-DF (Brazil, State of Distrito Federal) – Brasilia :

Jorge Venâncio

  • Contact : ambassador-br-df (à) autistan.org

BR-MG (Brazil, State of Minas Gerais) – Belo Horizonte :

Victor Mendonça

  • Contact : ambassador-br-mg (à) autistan.org

BR-SP (Brazil, State of São Paulo) – São Paulo :

Gladstone Alves

  • Contact : ambassador-br-sp (à) autistan.org

BR-SP (Brazil, State of Rio Grande do Sul) – Porto Alegre :

Isadora Fredrich

  • Contact : ambassador-br-rs (à) autistan.org


FR (France) – Paris :

Hugo Horiot



KZ (Kazakhstan) – Almaty :

Adiyar Zharmenov



MA (Morocco) – Rabat :

Karim Benabdeslam



PE (Peru) – Lima :

Miguel “Angel” Fernandez Garcia



RE (Reunion) (french island) – (Residence in exile in Rio de Janeiro) :

Eric Lucas



US-NY (U.S.A., state of New York) – New York City :

Stephen Mark Shore


Functions of the Ambassadors

Relations between the Ambassadors and the national organizations :

  • The Ambassadors of Autistan should strive to inform, help and encourage all the appropriate authorities and organizations of the countries or territories, in order to improve the situations and the lives of the autistic people.
  • In particular, the Ambassadors of Autistan will present and explain the “Fundamental Rights of the Autistics, according to the Autistan Diplomatic Organization“.
  • The Ambassadors of Autistan should strive to represent the Autistan (i.e. the mental world of the autistics, or autism) to the national authorities and organizations.
  • The Ambassadors of Autistan are also indirectly representing the “natives”, morally and  globally (i.e. the persons who were born autistic, as a people, which can be considered as an “autistic nation”).
  • They are not representing the autistics of a country or territory : this the role of the organizations of autistics in each country or territory.
  • When such an organization does not exist, the Ambassadors should strive to foster its creation, with the help of the appropriate national authorities and organizations.
    • The organizations helping the autistics can be organizations of autistics themselves, provided that they obtain the necessary means and support, which may be an obligation for the public authorities.
      In such case, the Ambassadors should strive to remind and explain these obligations, and should encourage the authorites to apply them concretely.
  • The Ambassadors of Autistan may realize reports about the situation regarding autism and the autistics in a country, and various tasks useful for the Autistan Diplomatic Organization.
  • The Ambassadors of Autistan are consulted and they participate in the decisions of the Organization.

Conditions and rules

  • 1/ Any Ambassador of Autistan has to be an autistic person, with proofs of autism (present or past), easily available to the public.
  • 2/ Any Ambassador of Autistan may have any “type” or “level” of autism (including being non-verbal) ;
  • 3/ Any Ambassador of Autistan be of have any age above 13 years (but exceptions can be made for younger exceptional cases if necessary) ;
  • 4/ Any Ambassador of Autistan may be a man or a woman (or any variation of such, including “unidentified”) ;
  • 5/ Any Ambassador of Autistan has to reside in the state or territory to which he or she is representing (except in special cases, for example if an Ambassador has to live in exile).
  • 6/ Any Ambassador of Autistan shall have a high diplomatic conduct, and a high moral attitude, while doing anything as an Ambassador ;
  • 7/ Any Ambassador of Autistan shall never use his (or her) position for a personal benefit or for a need of social esteem ;
  • 8/ Any Ambassador of Autistan, when doing anything as an Ambassador, shall never speak for himself (or herself), but always for the Autistan or the Autistan Diplomatic Organization ;
  • 9/ Any Ambassador of Autistan, when doing anything as an Ambassador, shall have a behaviour according to the main characteristics of autism (like authenticity, integrity, sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, coherence, accuracy).
    When doing anything as an Ambassador, he (or she) shall not use the “opposite” characteristics (which are typical of non-autism), even if it is “by playing a role (screenplay)”, for the purpose of our cause.
  • 10/ If an Ambassador, when doing anything as an Ambassador, cannot behave as requested here, because of sensory or mental aggressions due to non-autism, then his (or her) actions or decisions can be reconsidered (or cancelled) by the Council of the Ambassadors of Autistan (CAA).
  • 11/ Any Ambassador can be revoked for justified reasons and with the right to fair explanations and defense, by the Council of the Ambassadors of Autistan (CAA).

Special Ambassadors of Autistan

  • The roles, missions, functions and other characteristics of the Special Ambassadors are defined on a case-by-case basis and according to the situation, and may not always be subject to the rules and conditions set out above.
  • This status is intended mostly for “autistic travellers” or expatriates, or for other autistic persons who may represent the Autistan to a certain extent, without corresponding to the usual status or conditions of the Ambassadors attached to a particular country.

Precision about representativeness and Ambassadors :

In short, when you are “in Autistan”, you are “in autism”, i.e. in autistic thoughts, ideas, behaviours, achievements, characterized in particular by authenticity and originality, as opposed to having “standard” thoughts and attitudes that automatically follow social norms and conventions created collectively by other people.

So the notion of Autistan is quite similar to autism, in fact.

Therefore, the Autistan Diplomatic Organization strives to “represent” autism as a concept, rather than the autistics themselves.
It therefore represents “a (virtual) country” which is Autistan or autism, and not the “citizens” of that country.

Thus, the Ambassadors do not exactly “represent” autistic people, but rather autism.
It can also be said that they “represent” autistic people globally, seen as an “autistic nation”, but only morally, and without any legal or political representative role.
In the same way that the Ambassadors from “official” countries (conventional, physical) do not represent the inhabitants of their country, but rather the State or government that appointed them.

However, in the future, we want to hold general consultations with autistic people in various countries, to ask them to tell us which autistic people in their country they would like to see as Ambassadors of Autistan.
Knowing that these Ambassadors will not represent the autistic people of their country, but – when they are in their role as Ambassadors – will strive to “represent” or “defend” autism, or at least to present our autistic point of view on autism.
But these Ambassadors will not be “elected” by the “autistic people” of the countries, because we will choose the people who correspond most, in our opinion, both to the desires of autistic people and to the idea we have of an Ambassador of Autistan.

The actual or legal representation of autistic persons in a country must be done by the autistic persons in that country, and in particular by their representative organizations.
It cannot be done by a foreign organization (we are “foreigners” in all countries, since we are an “extra-national” organization), nor even by Ambassadors who are autistic citizens of these countries, since these persons are finally chosen by us, and represent first of all our Organization, which strives to represent autism, and which represents autistic people only indirectly, morally and globally.


Relations between the Ambassadors and the “Natives” of Autistan :

  • The Ambassadors do not have official or formal relations with the “Native” individuals (i.e. the autistics of a country), since their mission is to represent the Autistan (and not the autistic nationals) to the authorities and organizations of a given country.
  • The Ambassadors of Autistan cannot help nor defend the autistics of a country or territory in general, nor any autistic individual (at least, in the framework of their role of Ambassador, but they can do what they want independently).
  • The Natives may have various types of relations and participations with the Autistan Diplomatic Organization : either directly with the Headquarters, or with the Consular Section of the Embassy of Autistan in their country or territory, which may exist in the future.
  • As much as possible, the Natives may be consulted about the choice of an Ambassador.

More details :

  • The Ambassadors can be selected or approved by the Council of the Ambassadors of Autistan (CAA).
  • The Ambassadors of Autistan are representing the mental and spiritual life of the autistics (which is characteristic of their autistic sides), or the “aspects of their thoughts which are in autism.”
  • This is complementary to the “self-advocacy” organizations (autistics’ organizations) which themselves are rather concerned with life “in society,” in the material world (rights, education, adaptations, housing, work, etc.).
  • Therefore, it is possible to say that the Autistan (and what is related, namely our Organization) is about the spiritual  or mental or “autistic” life of the autistics, while other organizations deal with their material life.
  • We can also say that the Autistan Ambassadors and Embassies are representing “the part of the autistic person which is in Autistan”, whereas the organizations of “self-advocacy” represent “the part of the autistic person which is on Earth” (in the material world).
  • This is why the Ambassadors of Autistan are not supposed to work on the same things as these organizations.
    However, both should strive to collaborate.
  • Although the Autistan is not recognized as a “real” country, the concept of the Autistan Diplomatic Organization, with its Embassies and Ambassadors, is perfectly valid as a Non-State Actor of Track II Diplomacy.
  • The existence of a physical Embassy in a country is not necessary in order to be an Ambassador.