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ACI funded for the next 10 years, thanks to a generous donor!

ASAN is excited to announce the generous donation made by Nicole Cliffe to fund ASAN’s Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) program over the next ten years.   Every year at ACI, we bring autistic college students from around the country to Washington D.C. in order to learn about advocacy and...

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ASAN Comments on Proposed Public Charge Rule

You can download our comments as a PDF here. December 10, 2018 Samantha DeshommesChief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and StrategyU.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesDepartment of Homeland Security20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140 Re: DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds (published October 10, 2018;...

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Our Movement Is A Marathon: ASAN’s 2018 Annual Report

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a national grassroots disability rights organization run by and for Autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to educate communities and improve public...

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ASAN Praises Introduction of Keeping All Students Safe Act

ASAN applauds Congress for the introduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA). If passed, the Keeping All Students Safe Act would be the first federal law to limit the use of restraints and seclusion on children with disabilities. ASAN strongly supports the swift passage of this crucial...

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ASAN Comments Opposing Family Detention

You can download our comments as a PDF here. November 6th, 2018 Debbie Seguin, Assistant Director, Office of Policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department of Homeland Security 500 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20536 Re: DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002, Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and...

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Impact of the Public Charge Rule Change on People with Disabilities

Download this information as a PDF here. This one-pager was developed in collaboration by ASAN, The Arc, and the Center for Public Representation. What is the Public Charge rule? On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security announced the “public charge” rule. This rule allows the U.S. to keep...

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ASAN Condemns Trump Administration’s Attack on Transgender Americans

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is considering adopting a federal standard which would exclude transgender and intersex people from the protections of many anti-discrimination laws and policies. There is a significant overlap between the autistic and transgender communities – and since autistic people first...

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Break down barriers to voting with these tools!

From protests to policymaking, the disability community has spent years fighting for our right to be fully included in our communities. Generations of disabled activists fought for our rights to have a say in the policies that affect us, including our right to vote – a right that many...

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Knowing Why: a new anthology

This book of essays by adult-diagnosed/self-diagnosed autistic people includes pieces on burnout, passions and interests, sensory overload, and more. Essays discuss growing up undiagnosed, navigating the world as an autistic adult, and the power of learning we’re autistic....

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We believe you, and we’re not going anywhere

After a rushed process that was designed to deny survivors a chance to be fully heard, the Senate has confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This moment represents a complete disregard for the voices of survivors of sexual violence, women, people with disabilities, and the many others who...

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