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Your ACA advocacy is working – keep it up!

Dear friends, A few weeks ago, the Senate took the first steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act. Since then, you’ve mobilized to defend our health care, calling Senate Committees and asking them not to repeal the ACA without a replacement plan in place – and it’s working. After...

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2016 ASAN Gala: Speech by Ari Ne’eman

Video Introduction by Steve Silberman, Master of Ceremonies It is my great honor to introduce Ari Ne’eman, ASAN’s executive director and co founder with Scott Robertson. Since we’re looking back at the last 10 years, let’s think back to 2007 when ASAN did its very first nationwide action....

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2016 ASAN Gala: Speech by Julia Bascom

Video Introduction by Steve Silberman, Master of Ceremonies It is my incredible pleasure to introduce ASAN’s incoming director, Julia Bascom. One of the most remarkable things about ASAN is how over the last 10 years it’s gone from being a few people working out of their college...

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2016 ASAN Gala, Ally of the Year: Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán

Video Introduction by Samantha Crane Just to introduce myself, I’m Samantha Crane, Director of Public Policy, Legal Director at ASAN. I’d like to start off our awards portion of the evening with our Ally of the Year Award. This year’s ally of the year, I’m proud to...

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2016 ASAN Gala: Speeches and Award Ceremonies

Below are links to videos and transcripts of speeches given at the 2016 ASAN Gala by our President and our Incoming Executive Director, and videos and transcripts of our award ceremonies. In 2016, we gave the following awards: Ally of the Year, the Harriet McBryde Johnson Award for Non-Fiction...

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2016 ASAN Gala, Service to the Self Advocacy Movement: The Arlington Five

Video Introduction by Samantha Crane Hi, everyone. I’d like to present our final award, an award for Service to the Self Advocacy Movement, to a really amazing group of individuals, the Arlington Five. The Arlington Five are five nonspeaking autistic individuals in Arlington County, Virginia, between the ages...

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2016 ASAN Gala, Harriet McBryde Johnson Award for Non-Fiction Writing: Dylan Matthews

Video Ari Ne’eman, Introducing Presenter of Award So in what is now my actual last public remarks as President of ASAN. I have to say, it’s my pleasure to have the opportunity to introduce the person who will be presenting our next award. Steve Silberman, you know...

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ACTION ALERT: Call Congress to End Organ Transplant Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

Dear friends, People with disabilities have a right under the ADA to receive equitable and non-discriminatory treatment by medical professionals. Yet, for years, children and adults with developmental disabilities have been discriminated against by the organ transplant system – despite the fact that their disabilities had no bearing on...

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Statement on the Institutionalization of Arnaldo Rios-Soto

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) strongly condemns the institutionalization of Arnaldo Rios-Soto, an Autistic Latino young man, in Carlton Palms – a facility with a long history of abuse. Rios-Soto had witnessed North Miami police shoot and injure his therapist, Charles Kinsey, and had been restrained by police for...

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ASAN Statement on SSA Representative Payee Gun Database Rule

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) strongly opposes a rule proposed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that would report individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), who also require the services of a representative payee, to the National Instant Criminal Background Check...

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