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Real Talk: Improving Quality of Sexual Health Care for Patients with Disabilities

People with disabilities are denied equal access to conversations, resources, health care, autonomy, and lived experiences relating to sexuality, sexual health, and relationships. Ableism has allowed sexual health providers, educators, parents, and others to desexualize people with disabilities – especially young people with disabilities, people with disabilities who are...

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network Files Amicus Brief Challenging Discriminatory Denial of Health Care

On Monday January 26, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Not Dead Yet, and 13 other disability rights organizations filed a second amicus brief in a case defending the rights of people with disabilities to basic medical care. Disability Rights Wisconsin filed the initial lawsuit, Disability Rights Wisconsin v. University of...

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ASAN Unveils Toolkit for Advocates on Health Care and the Transition to Adulthood

ASAN has prepared a comprehensive toolkit to empower people with disabilities, their families, and other disability advocates to help youth with disabilities manage their own health care as they transition to adulthood. As ASAN found in our 2013 report, youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities face a variety of barriers to...

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Our Lives, Our Health Care: Self Advocates Speaking Out

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Office of Developmental Primary Care are pleased to release, “Our Lives, Our Health Care: Self Advocates Speaking Out About Our Experiences with the Medical System.”...

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Our Lives, Our Health Care: Self Advocates Speaking Out

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Office of Developmental Primary Care are pleased to release, “Our Lives, Our Health Care: Self Advocates Speaking Out About Our Experiences with the Medical System.” This document outlines the perspectives of people with I/DD on their interactions with the health care system and articulates an agenda to...

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Improving Health Care

ASAN’s Paula C. Durbin-Westby was quoted in a HealthLeaders article on providing better health care services to the Autistic population by means of care coordination programs. Medical providers need to consider all possible causes for the reason why a person is seeking their services, rather than simply assuming that it must...

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Healthcare Transition Toolkit

ASAN has prepared a comprehensive toolkit to empower people with disabilities, their families, and other disability advocates to help youth with disabilities manage their own health care as they transition to adulthood. As ASAN found in our 2013 report, youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities face a variety of barriers to...

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Policy Brief on Healthcare Transition

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Policy Brief: Healthcare Transition For Youth With I/DD

ASAN has released a new policy brief on addressing the health care needs of autistic youth as they transition to adulthood. The brief, funded by the Special Hope Foundation, provides recommendations to ensure that young adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) receive consistent access to quality health care,...

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ACTION ALERT: the clock is ticking to save the Affordable Care Act!

Dear friends, Congress is trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act THIS MONTH – and we need your help to stop them. Contact your Members of Congress and tell them to vote NO on ACA repeal. We asked Congress to show us their plan for replacement. They finally did,...

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