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ACTION ALERT: Tell Your Senators to Support Disabled People in the Workforce

Over the course of the last year, ASAN and our allies have been working with our allies in Congress to craft groundbreaking new legislation on employment of people with disabilities. The Transition to Independence Act (S. 1604), introduced last month by Senators Grassley, Wyden and Casey, is the result...

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On Our Backs, We Will Carry Them

Reflections on the 2015 Disability Day of Mourning From ASAN President Ari Ne’eman Memory is an important part of how we define our communities. When we think about the history of the disability rights movement, there are so many moments at which we stop and think to ourselves, “But...

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Neurodiversity T-shirt Twitter Giveaway!

Our twitter recently reached 4,000 followers. That’s 4,000 people seeing the news and ideas we are sharing about autism, neurodiversity, and disability rights; 4,000 people seeing- and participating in- our hashtag and action campaigns; 4,000 people on twitter who believe that autistics should be the primary voice leading conversations...

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Joint Letter in Response to 60 Minutes

Oct. 8, 2013 Jeffrey Fager Executive Producer 60 Minutes CBS Corporation 524 West 57th St. New York, NY 10019 Dear Mr. Fager: The undersigned organizations, together representing tens of thousands of individuals with psychiatric disabilities, family members, service providers, and advocates, write to express our great disappointment that CBS’...

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ASAN Calls for Federal Hate Crime Prosecution for the Murder of Alex Spourdalakis

Last week, Alex Spourdalakis, a 14-year Autistic boy living in River Grove, Illinois, was murdered by his mother and godmother. After failing to kill him with sleeping pills, they stabbed him in the chest repeatedly before slitting his wrists. This murder was premeditated and motivated entirely by Alex’s disability....

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USA Today Writes About Disability Without Disabled People (Again)

by Ari Ne’eman, ASAN President Last May, I and other advocates crashed a party – a twitter party, to be exact. USA Today had put together a live twitter chat with the nation’s “top experts” on autism – a group that notably excluded any actual Autistic people. Unimpressed, the...

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Henry on Inclusion

by Henry Frost The right to inclusion is a basic civil right for all people. I am a person. I have these rights. “I Stand WITH Henry” on Facebook and the change.org petition show how many people with disabilities and without disabilities know this. I did not know about...

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Calling People the R word

by Alyssa Trigger Warning: R-slur as an insult, discussion of such (censored except in quotations and in a screen shot.) This is how we begin, sort of: I say sort of because this isn’t really a beginning, it’s a reflection. It’s a reflection of what we as a society...

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