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ASAN Response To ASHA Position Statements

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network opposes the final position statements from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) regarding Facilitated Communication (FC) and Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). These statements take a broad position, based on incomplete and absent evidence, that all communications by users of RPM and FC should...

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ACTION ALERT: Health care under fire again – call your Senators now!

You already know how important the Affordable Care Act is for people with disabilities in the US. Over the last year and a half, we’ve contacted you about multiple attacks on the ACA as Congress tried again and again to strip affordable health care from millions of Americans and...

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Don’t let Judge Kavanaugh rewind our rights – call your Senators this week!

As people with disabilities, we know that every right we have is the result of a hard-won fight. Now, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court puts everything we have fought for at risk. We can’t let him turn back the clock on disability rights – call your...

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ASAN Opposes Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network opposes the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. As a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Kavanaugh has opposed the rights of people with disabilities to make our own choices. He has said that he might want to strike...

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Register for ASAN’s 2018 Gala!

Join us for a special celebration and fundraising event on Thursday, November 15. Dinner and dessert will be served and a reception will precede dinner. Proceeds will support our advocacy work and programs for the coming year, and allow us to continue working to empower disabled people across the...

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ASAN Letter to ASHA On The Right To Communicate

This letter is available as a PDF here. Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, President, Past Chair, Committee on Committees Meher Banajee, Chair, ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on FC and RPM Marie Ireland, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice, Board Liaison Diane Paul, ASHA Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology,...

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ASAN Condemns Family Separation

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network forcefully condemns the Trump Administration’s unconscionable policy of separating immigrant families at the border, and the subsequent incarceration and warehousing of infants and children. This policy is not mandated by law, but is a deliberate act of cruelty the Administration has chosen to inflict...

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Final Report: Supported Decision-Making And Transition To The Community

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network held an Invitational Summit on Supported Decision-Making and the Transition to the Community on October 18th and October 19th, 2016. From the summit and a series of follow-up interviews, ASAN derived recommendations for how self-advocates, lawyers, parents, government officials, and other stakeholders can use supported...

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ASAN Comments on Proposed Delay of Significant Disproportionality Rule

This letter is available as a PDF here. May 11, 2018 Johnny W. Collett Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 5107 Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2500 Dear Secretary Collett: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)1For more...

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ASAN Statement on 2018 CDC Prevalence Data

Today, the Centers for Disease Control released the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network report, which estimates the prevalence of autism in certain areas. The results indicate that better recognition of autism, and an encouraging reduction of racial and gender disparities in diagnosis, have caused rates of diagnosis...

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