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Trump’s new appointee: “I’ve got a cure for mental health – spank your children more”

Dear friends, Last week was a trying time for many who work for disability rights in America. Many of you share our deep concern with policy proposals put forward by the new President-elect, including deep cuts in the Medicaid funding that sustains the vast majority of supports to people...

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ACTION ALERT: Call Congress to End Organ Transplant Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

Dear friends, People with disabilities have a right under the ADA to receive equitable and non-discriminatory treatment by medical professionals. Yet, for years, children and adults with developmental disabilities have been discriminated against by the organ transplant system – despite the fact that their disabilities had no bearing on...

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ACTION ALERT:  Tell the FDA: Ban Electric Shock Torture of People with Disabilities

On April 22, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule to ban the use of electrical shock devices such as those used at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts. ASAN has issued a statement with more information here. The FDA is currently taking public comments...

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ASAN Statement on SSA Representative Payee Gun Database Rule

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) strongly opposes a rule proposed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that would report individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), who also require the services of a representative payee, to the National Instant Criminal Background Check...

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Statement on FDA Proposed Rule Banning Use of Electric Shock Devices

On April 22, 2016, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued the following statement on the proposed FDA rule to ban the use of electric shock devices such as those used at the Judge Rotenberg Center. Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule to ban...

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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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Action Alert: Speak Out Against Guardianship Abuse

The template below is available to download as a Word document here. We would like for all of our chapters and chapter members to email this letter about guardianship for senior citizens to Senator Susan M. Collins and Senator Claire McCaskill. It is in response to a recent New...

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Anti-Filicide Toolkit

In December of 2014, 49-year-old Katherine Lavoie was shot by her husband. A month earlier, 29-year-old Daryne Gailey and 6-year-old London McCabe were both killed by their parents. In the year since our last vigil, our community has lost at least twenty more victims. In the past five years,...

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ASAN Calls for Pardon for Neli Latson

Yesterday, Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic man currently imprisoned in Virginia, pled guilty to assaulting a correctional officer in exchange for a six-month sentence – the statutory minimum. Although the Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the efforts of Neli’s attorney in this case, justice is still not served. We...

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Action Alert: Send Comments Now on Community Services in California

Dear friends, The federal government has announced a new rule that will make sure that Medicaid-funded home and community-based services are actually in the community. Home and community based services help people with disabilities get the supports and services they need to live, work, and stay in their own...

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