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ASAN Announces Release of New Plain Language Guide to Voting Rights for People With Disabilities

With two weeks left before Election Day, ASAN is pleased to announce the release of a new plain language voting rights guide for people with intellectual, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities. ASAN developed the guide in coalition with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the National Disability Rights Network,...

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ASAN Praises Pennsylvania House Bill That Would Ban Disability Discrimination in Organ Transplants

ASAN applauds the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for passing House Bill No. 585, which would ban disability discrimination in organ transplants in the state. The bill would ensure that no person would be deemed ineligible to receive an organ solely because of a physical or mental disability, except to...

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Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, LGBT Groups Release Statement on Needs of Trans Autistic People

Today, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the National Center for Transgender Equality released a joint statement about the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming autistic people and launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #AutisticTransPride to highlight transgender autistic voices and leadership. Earlier...

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A voice for all: Why I’m fighting to help Autistic students access the form of communication that works best for them.

This March, I filed a complaint with the Department of Justice on behalf of five non-speaking autistic students in Arlington, VA who use letter-boards to communicate (or, as one of these students has dubbed them, the “Arlington Five”). These students are only a few of the many non-speaking autistic...

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ASAN Files ADA Complaint on Communication Access in Schools

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA– As part of its new communication rights initiative, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has filed a groundbreaking complaint with the Department of Justice, seeking communication supports for five non-speaking autistic students in Arlington, Virginia. The Arlington Public Schools system (APS) has repeatedly denied these students’ requests to...

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ASAN Joins Letter Opposing Harmful Mental Health Bill

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has joined a letter led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights opposing legislation that would undermine protection and advocacy organizations for people with psychosocial disabilities, erode privacy protections, and increase institutionalization and coercive interventions. Although our mental health services system is...

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ASAN Joint Statement on the Death of Kayden Clarke

We, the undersigned disability and LGBT rights organizations, strongly condemn the police shooting of Kayden Clarke, an Autistic transgender man, in his home on February 4 in Mesa, Arizona. Clarke, who identified as having Asperger’s Syndrome – a diagnosis on the autism spectrum – was killed by police who...

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ASAN, Disability Rights Ohio, and National Federation of the Blind Win Landmark Department of Labor Decision Against Sheltered Workshop

In a groundbreaking opinion issued yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor found that a sheltered workshop in Ohio had violated federal minimum wage laws by underpaying three of its workers with disabilities, including one autistic man. The opinion followed a petition that Autistic Self Advocacy Network filed along with...

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network Joins Disability Rights Amicus Brief Opposing Physician-Assisted Suicide in New York

On Wednesday January 6, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network joined Not Dead Yet and nine other disability rights organizations in filing a friend-of-the-court brief opposing physician-assisted suicide in New York. The brief, filed in a New York appeals court, supports a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit that sought...

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Segregated Farmsteads in Arizona Aren’t “Community-Based”

Yesterday, ASAN wrote a letter to Arizona’s Medicaid agency urging it not to classify segregated “farmsteads” as community-based settings. Unlike traditional farms, autism-specific farmsteads are segregated, disability-specific settings where people work for less than minimum wage, and where people have few or no opportunities to work side by side...

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