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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.

Day of Action to #StopTheShock

The Day of Action to #StopTheShock was held on April 24th, 2019, the five-year anniversary of an FDA hearing that found the use of GED shocks at the Judge Rotenberg Center ineffective and harmful. The action included people from all over the US working together to show the FDA...

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ASAN – Who We Are and What We Do

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates...

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Disability Day of Mourning 2019

Day of Mourning Vigil Remarks – DC Zoe Gross Peter Berns Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán Day of Mourning – Virtual Vigil Virtual Vigil General News Coverage Claremont, CA Syracuse, NY Rochester, NY Christiansburg, VA College Park, MD Collegeville, PA Johnson City, TN Moscow, ID...

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Before You Donate to Autism Speaks, Consider the Facts

Very little money donated to Autism Speaks goes toward helping autistic people and families....

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Our Movement Is A Marathon: ASAN’s 2018 Annual Report

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a national grassroots disability rights organization run by and for Autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to educate communities and improve public...

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ASAN Gala 2018

This year’s gala was full of excitement, and lots of great speeches. If you’d like to catch up, you can watch videos or read transcripts of the attendee’s remarks below. Liz Weintraub Video and Transcript: https://autisticadvocacy.org/2018/12/liz-weintraubs-speech-for-asan-gala-2018/ Julia Bascom Video and Transcript: https://autisticadvocacy.org/2018/12/julia-bascoms-speech-at-asan-gala-2018/ Awards Ceremony Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVHaU1o6Bps&feature=youtu.be DJ Savarese’s speech: https://autisticadvocacy.org/2018/11/dj-savareses-speech-for-asan-gala-2018/...

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Liz Weintraub’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2018

Hello, my name is Liz Weintraub. Isn’t ASAN doing an awesome job? Congratulations on being around for 12 years. Before I begin my remarks, let me add my congratulations to all of tonight’s award winners. When Julia and Zoe asked me to talk about leadership, I thought about how...

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Julia Bascom’s Speech at ASAN Gala 2018

Hello! Hello, and thank you all so much for being here. How’s everyone doing? Great. Great, that’s good. I’m so glad to see you all here. I’d like to thank our sponsors for so generously helping ASAN pull this event together and do the work that needs doing year-round,...

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DJ Savarese’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2018

Thank you for this award. I’m grateful to be among us tonight.  I’m grateful we are gathered here tonight to celebrate our people. It’s not often that so many of us are able to gather together in the same room to celebrate our neurodiversity, but when we do there’s...

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Remarks from Julia Bascom at United Nations Autism Event

On April 5th, ASAN’s Executive Director, Julia Bascom, gave the keynote address at the United Nations event on empowering autistic women and girls. You can view a recording of the event here. The keynote starts at minute 48.  Good morning! Thanks so much for having me here today. I...

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