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Association for Behavior Analysis International Endorses Torture

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) for their decision to feature the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) at their 2019 annual conference. The JRC is the only institution in the country to use electric shock devices for behavior modification on students with...

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ASAN Releases Easy Read Toolkit on the Federal Budget

It’s important for self-advocates to understand how the federal budget gets made—so we can advocate for a budget that includes money for programs that help us. But the federal budget process is complicated and confusing, even to people who have worked in the government for a long time. That’s...

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ASAN Condemns New Religious Refusals of Care Rule

ASAN condemns the Trump Administration’s new “Religious Refusals of Care Rule”, which allows hospitals and medical providers to refuse people care based on their religious or moral convictions. This type of policy is a threat to disability rights. The disability community has continually struggled to get the health care...

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ASAN Comments on Proposed Person-Centered Planning Panel

These comments are available as a PDF here. April 26, 2019 Administration for Community Living (ACL) VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL – pcplanning@qualityforum.org Autistic Self Advocacy Network Re: Proposed Roster for Person-Centered Planning Panel The Autistic Self Advocacy Network appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed roster for the...

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Comments for April 17 IACC Meeting

These comments are available as a PDF here. Thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, in light of the recent 2019 reintroduction of the Autism CARES Act1Autism CARES Act of 2019, H.R. 1058, S. 427, 116th Cong. (2019). and its annual commemoration...

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ASAN – Who We Are and What We Do

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates...

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Find out how YOU can #StopTheShock!

On April 24, 2014, the The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government organization in the United States that decides what kinds of medical treatments can be used on people, held a hearing that led them to conclude that there is no way to use the GED without significant...

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White House Fails Autistic Community, Again

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is disappointed but not surprised by the White House’s continued participation in Autism Speaks’ “Light It Up Blue” campaign. If the Trump administration truly wanted to support autistic people, they would show us through their actions that we are accepted, rather than taking the...

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Coalition Statement On Updated HCBS Guidance

This statement is available as a PDF here. Today, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance that reaffirms its commitment to implementing the Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) Rule, including important requirements around the “heightened scrutiny” process for settings that have institutional qualities. First issued...

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