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ASAN Statement on Umpqua Community College Shooting

Due to media reports on the Umpqua Community College shooting, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network today issued the following statement: “We join the nation in mourning the tragic loss of nine lives in the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College on October 1st, 2015. Recent media reports indicate that the shooter may...

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ASAN Statement on GOP Primary Debate Comments on Autism and Vaccination

Despite a wealth of scientific evidence debunking any link between autism and vaccinations, tonight’s Republican primary debate featured prominent commentary from a leading candidate repeating inaccurate information suggesting a link. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is disappointed that long after the science has spoken, politicians and pundits continue to...

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ASAN Praises Senators Grassley, Wyden and Casey for introducing the Transition to Independence Act, S. 1604

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Robert Casey (D-PA) for the introduction of the Transition to Independence Act (S.1604). This legislation will create a ten-state demonstration program, within which states will receive bonus payments from the federal government for achieving increases...

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Call for Resumes: Freddie Mac Seeks Autistic Interns for Fall Semester

Freddie Mac, a leading mortgage finance company, is partnering with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to fill three paid internship opportunities. The ASAN-Freddie Mac Internship Program is an opportunity for recent graduates and current students on the autism spectrum to gain work experience and enter the workforce of a...

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ASAN Praises Queerability and Campus Pride for Creating Resource on Disability Rights Activism for Student Leaders

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the recent collaboration between Campus Pride, an LGBTQ rights organization focused on creating safer college and university campuses, and Queerability, an LGBTQ and disability rights organization run by and for LGBTQ people with disabilities to create a new resource entitled Disability Rights Activism...

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ASAN Statement Praising Department of Education’s Results Driven Accountability System

Last week, the US Department of Education announced a new accountability framework for state compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  This new accountability framework, entitled Results-Driven Accountability, includes for the first time the use of independent outcome data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)...

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ASAN Statement on Sprint “Neurodiversity ID Pack”

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds Sprint for their newly announced “Neurodiversity ID Pack” containing a number of apps designed to support people with cognitive and developmental disorders.  By selecting a package of apps specifically aimed at facilitating accessibility and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Sprint...

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Community Concerns Regarding the Google-Autism Speaks Ten Thousand Genomes Program (AUT10K)

In response to the recent announcement of the new Google-Autism Speaks collaboration to produce, expand and analyze the world’s largest private collection of DNA samples of autistic children and adults, many in the autistic community have expressed significant concerns regarding the initiative. The program, entitled the Autism Speaks Ten...

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ASAN Statement on Autism CARES Act

In response to this week’s introduction of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act of 2014 (S.2449) and the markup of H.R. 4631, the House equivalent, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network has issued the following statement: ASAN is pleased to note that both the Senate and...

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ACTION ALERT: Call On Congress to Oppose H.R. 4631, the Combating Autism Re-Authorization Act

Tomorrow at 2 PM, the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee will be taking a step to advance H.R. 4631, which would reauthorize the Combating Autism Act. The current version of the bill continues to exclude autistic people from the federal committee that oversees autism research (the Interagency Autism...

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