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Statement on the Murder of London McCabe

On Tuesday, November 4th, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement regarding the murder of London McCabe. Last night, six-year-old London McCabe was thrown from a bridge by his mother. His body was found hours later. London was autistic. Our community mourns someone we lost before he had...

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ASAN Statement On The Killing Of Nancy Fitzmaurice

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement on Tuesday, October 28th, regarding the killing of Nancy Fitzmaurice.   The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is profoundly concerned by the recent decision from the United Kingdom allowing Great Ormond Street Hospital in London to kill Nancy Fitzmaurice, a disabled 12-year...

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ASAN Statement On The Sentencing Of K. Stapleton

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement on Wednesday, October 8th, regarding the sentencing of K. Stapleton. K. Stapleton, having pled guilty to charges of first-degree child abuse, has been sentenced to 10-22 years in prison after poisoning her autistic daughter, Issy, in an attempt to end her...

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ASAN Letter: California Should Cover More Than ABA

This letter is available in PDF form here. September 29, 2014  Toby Douglas, Director California Department of Health Care Services P.O. Box 997413, MS 0000 Sacramento, CA 95899-7413   Dear Mr. Douglas, We, the undersigned organizations representing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, service-providers and researchers, write...

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ASAN Letter: Wisconsin’s Sheltered Workshops Aren’t “Community-Based”

This letter is available as a PDF here. October 7, 2014 Honorable Marilyn Tavenner Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, Maryland 21244   Dear Administrator Tavenner: We recognize that you received a letter from Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades on August...

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ASAN, Disability Community Statement on Sentencing of Kelli Stapleton

Statement by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, American Association of People with Disabilities, Arc of Michigan, Autism Women’s Network, National Council on Independent Living, Not Dead Yet, and TASH on the Sentencing of Kelli Stapleton   The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), the nation’s leading advocacy organization run by...

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Job Opening: Technical Assistance Coordinator

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is looking for a full-time Technical Assistance Coordinator. The Technical Assistance Coordinator will play an integral role on ASAN’s community engagement team and will work closely with ASAN leadership to supervise the Pacific Alliance on Disability Self Advocacy, provide support to ASAN’s chapter network,...

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Disability Community Letter to CMS re: Behavioral Health Services and Olmstead

This letter can be viewed as a PDF here. Administrator Tavenner’s response from February 2015 is available as a scanned PDF here, and as a converted Word document here. Honorable Marilyn Tavenner Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, Maryland 21244 September 29, 2014 Dear...

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ACTION ALERT: Will Your Member of Congress Support Autistic People?

Dear friends, We need your help. This summer, President Obama signed into law the Autism CARES Act, replacing the Combating Autism Act and giving us an opportunity to turn over a new leaf in federal autism policy. But we need more than just a change in name – we...

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