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The ASAN blog includes personal stories of acceptance, self-advocacy, and community, with a particular focus on showing the lived impact of our work.

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Last Saturday, I stood in a park across from the Capitol Building, surrounded by my community, as we read a list of names. I could have sworn time stopped; we read down one poster, and then another, and every time I thought we were done, there were more names....

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Understandable

by Meg Evans The characters and events in this short story are entirely fictional. Sometimes drawing a picture makes things more understandable. When Kelsey was younger she’d carried big spiral notebooks everywhere with her, sketching obsessively. Then her therapist, Dr. Caldwell, had told her that now she was in...

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We Did It

Hi folks, Two weeks ago, they said it couldn’t be done. They said including disabled workers now being paid less than minimum wage in the executive order President Obama had just announced guaranteeing a $10.10/hour minimum wage for federal contract workers was just not possible. Today, I’m standing in...

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ASAN Ranked in Top 10 National Disability Non-Profits!

ASAN is thrilled to announce that we have been ranked sixth of all nonprofits advocating for people with disabilities in Philanthropedia’s 2013 national rankings....

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Autism Acceptance, Flowering

by Meg Evans After a long chilly winter in the northern United States, springtime finally made its appearance, as the weather turned much warmer this week. Flowers are opening, birds are chirping, and a pleasant breeze is blowing in through the open windows. This past winter’s snow and howling...

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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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Protesting

by Katie Miller Protests exhaust me, but not in the way you might think. Granted, it is a lot of work to prepare. The night before ASAN’s recent protest of Walk Now for Autism Speaks, a handful of us were making posters and researching the data to make sure...

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Autistics Speaking Day 2012: Reclaiming Voice

by Ari Ne’eman Holidays are funny things – they come around once a year, and remind us of feelings and ideas that we shouldn’t have ever let ourselves forget. Whether it’s Thanksgiving gratitude or July 4th patriotism, we turn to holidays not because the day itself matters, but because...

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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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