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No Quiet Waters

Growing up with parents who were immigrants from Africa to the United States, I heard a lot of proverbs. I liked many of them, but there were some that I, an autistic child with a very literal mind, simply could not understand. One of those was a proverb that...

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Check out ASAN’s new ACA toolkit!

ASAN is proud to announce the release of our plain language Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Self-Advocates, the first in a series of accessible policy and advocacy resources that ASAN will release this year. These resources will equip self-advocates to participate in important conversations about our lives and the...

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We Need YOUR HELP To Defend The ACA!

Dear friends, Less than two 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 Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan in place – and it’s working....

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Sign up to be a Day of Mourning Vigil Site Coordinator

In the past five years, over four hundred people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents, relatives or caregivers. On Wednesday, March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember these disabled victims of filicide – disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers....

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Statement on the Sentencing of Alex Spourdalakis’ Murderers

Alex Spourdalakis, a 14-year-old autistic boy living in River Grove, Illinois, was murdered by his mother and godmother in June of 2013. After trying and failing to poison him with an overdose of medication, they stabbed him in the chest repeatedly before slitting his wrists. This murder was premeditated...

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ASAN’s 2016 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 Statement on Proposed Nomination of Jeff Sessions

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network condemns the proposed nomination of Senator Jefferson Sessions III, a staunch opponent of civil liberties, as United States Attorney General. The Attorney General oversees the Department of Justice. This agency’s work could not be more vital to the disability community. The Department of Justice...

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Trump’s new appointee: “I’ve got a cure for mental health – spank your children more”

Dear friends, Last week was a trying time for many who work for disability rights in America. Many of you share our deep concern with policy proposals put forward by the new President-elect, including deep cuts in the Medicaid funding that sustains the vast majority of supports to people...

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New Resource: Roadmap To Transition

ASAN partnered with the Family Network on Disabilities to produce Roadmap to Transition: A Handbook for Autistic Youth Transitioning to Adulthood. This plain language handbook was created to help young autistic people understand and plan for their transition to adult life....

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Comments for October 26 IACC Meeting

These comments are available as a PDF here. Thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) continues to be deeply concerned by the allocation of autism research funding.  According to the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC), the vast majority of NIH...

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