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Tell Congress: don’t delay our civil rights!

Businesses have had 27 years to come into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the civil rights law which requires businesses to be accessible to people with disabilities. But some of them still want a pass on excluding disabled people. Right now, Members of Congress and corporate lobbyists...

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ACTION ALERT: Your Members of Congress are home – tell them what you think!

In the next two weeks, you have a chance to make a difference for the disability community. Your Members of Congress are back in their home states and districts until next Friday, April 21st. This is a crucial time to remind them that the disability community is still watching....

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What Does a Black Autistic Man Look Like?

One of the most accurate metaphors I’ve used to describe my life is this: I’ve occupied several closets simultaneously. To become my most authentic self, I had to emerge from each one and reckon with the conditions that convinced me that I needed to stay inside. In some cases,...

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VOTE POSTPONED – there’s still time to save the ACA and Medicaid

All week, the House of Representatives had planned to vote on ACA repeal today–and thanks to your advocacy, the vote has been postponed. We don’t know if the vote will be postponed until tomorrow or until next week. But we do know that the politicians working to repeal the...

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ACTION ALERT: We know what’s at stake in ACA repeal – tell Congress to vote NO!

On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office released their report on what would happen if the Affordable Care Act repeal bill passes – and it’s horrifying. Under the proposed plan, 14 million people will lose their health insurance by next year. Over the next 10 years, that number grows to...

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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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ASAN Releases New Toolkit on Getting Through to Your Elected Officials

Right now, many people are getting involved in political advocacy for the first time. People are going to town hall meetings and making phone calls to their members of Congress. They’re writing letters and using social media to organize advocacy groups. This new wave of political advocacy is incredible....

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ASAN Opposes Seema Verma for CMS

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network calls on Congress to reject the nomination of Seema Verma, a longtime proponent of harmful health care policies, as Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Verma’s previous career as a consultant for State Medicaid programs raises serious concerns about her ability...

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Beating Drums: A Dialogue about Black History and Disability Advocacy

Black History Month initially began as “Negro History Week” in 1926. Initiated by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American scholar, educator, and publisher, the aim was to include into the annals of American history, the significant names and notable accomplishments of its black citizens. Black history is American...

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