The Colombian Autism League -LICA- was born in 2009. Due to the life experience of the Castellanos Roncancio family with the diagnosis of autism of one of their children, Juan José.
Facing access and attitudinal barriers set the tone for starting this project and letting the community know what autism is. As well as evidencing the importance of public policies in Colombia so that they respond to the needs presented by all people with this condition and guarantee their fundamental rights.
We are an organization that understands diversity beyond diagnoses and is sure that the quality of life of a person with autism will depend on the opportunities that the state provides them on equal terms with other citizens.
People with autism, their parents, siblings, cousins, uncles, grandparents and caregivers know and experience the inequality of opportunities they face on a daily basis, so it is necessary as a family and community to know their strengths and needs, to provide them with the support and adjustments that they require, that allow them to enjoy the same possibilities of participation in the community.
That LICA is born from a family makes the value of the bond with the person with autism its number one pillar. For this reason, more than 11 years after its foundation, people with autism, their families and professionals committed to this cause have come together to work in the same direction. LICA, is today recognized by the Colombian State as a valid actor in the spaces for the construction of public policy for people with disabilities. It works in a network with family organizations at a national level, participates in and promotes research projects, and creates spaces for accompaniment and empowerment for people with autism and their families.
These achievements and recognizing people with autism as subjects of rights allow us to continue dreaming of a country that guarantees effective inclusion and their participation through their own voice.
Transform practices and imaginaries around the autism spectrum in the public and private spheres.
The Colombian Autism League accompanies people with autism and their families, transfers knowledge, raises awareness about ASD and seeks to consolidate, through alliances and networking, the guarantee of the rights of this group.
By 2026, the Colombian Autism League is a sustainable organization, consolidated as a collective and recognized at the Latin American level for being a benchmark in the exercise of the rights of people with the autism spectrum.
We believe that people with autism spectrum need to know that we understand their way of relating to the world and from there, they will achieve their participation in society.
We believe in the strengths of people with autism spectrum and in their value as unique beings.
We believe that autistic spectrum people have the right to live fully and with quality of life, for this it is necessary to provide the adjustments and support they require.
We believe in the Colombian Autism League, in its mission, in the philosophical principles of its creation and in the function it performs to achieve the human development of autistic spectrum people.
We believe in the objectives of the League, and that the fulfillment of the same, will lead us to achieve the union of families and organizations that work for the rights of the population with autism spectrum.
We believe in the values of the League: respect, truth, equity and tolerance.
We believe in its most valuable resource, its staff, identified with the philosophy and institutional goals, committed, humane and supportive; highly qualified and responsible
We believe that with faith, perseverance and transparency we will achieve the success of our processes.
The flag of the Colombian Autism League is made up of two horizontal stripes of equal size whose colors are distributed as follows: blue upper part; and its lower part green; in the center it bears the logo of the institution:
The color blue: Depth, loyalty, trust, wisdom, intelligence, faith, truth
The color green: Hope, harmony, growth, stability, resistance
LICA - Colombian Autism League, bases its actions on its creed. Its principles and policies define its work and seek to positively impact the quality of life of people with autism and their families.
These are our principles:
I respect: We recognize human dignity as a fundamental right, regardless of the particularities of each person.
Equity: All human beings, as subjects of rights and obligations, deserve dignified treatment and equal opportunities, for this reason Lica accepts this value as one of its pillars for the fulfillment of its objectives.
TRUE: Our actions are consistent with what is contemplated in our mission. We are faithful to our purposes, we have absolute conviction against the philosophy with which we were born.
To comply with our policies, we have a Statutory Auditor, under the responsibility of a certified public accountant, subject to the regulations that are his own, who has the obligation to render accounts before the pertinent authorities and before the assembly of founders.
Our organization is transparent in the relationship with people with autism, families, allies and all those who are related to LICA.
We report information to the control bodies that govern us in accordance with our corporate purpose.
The objective of our value chain is to generate actions for recognition as subjects of rights and the participation of people with autism spectrum on equal terms.
Our value chain is made up of three links:
Know: The first link in our chain is activism and educational campaigns, through which we inform the community and decision makers about what ASD is, its individuals and the needs of the people who present it. .
Understand: Through different actions we generate spaces for participation and knowledge about ASD, we do this based on scientific evidence and the life experiences of people with autism spectrum and families, which allows us to transform practices and understand the reality that this collective.
Influence: It is the third and last link, this will be the one that allows us, through teamwork, to recognize that people with autism spectrum are subjects of rights, that they can contribute to the community, who is responsible for guaranteeing friendly and flattering environments that respect their particularities, which allow them to develop their life project.
These three links are intertwined and form our value chain, strengthening us to continue working for people with autism spectrum and their dignified life.