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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.

“Prisoners of the Apparatus”: The Judge Rotenberg Center

By Quentin Davies The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts, has long been criticized for its treatment of disabled children and adults. It has been condemned by the current and previous United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Torture, many disability rights groups, current Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, and an FDA...

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Call for Resumes: Freddie Mac Seeks Autistic Interns for Fall Semester

Freddie Mac, a leading mortgage finance company, is partnering with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to fill three paid internship opportunities. The ASAN-Freddie Mac Internship Program is an opportunity for recent graduates and current students on the autism spectrum to gain work experience and enter the workforce of a...

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ASAN Praises Queerability and Campus Pride for Creating Resource on Disability Rights Activism for Student Leaders

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the recent collaboration between Campus Pride, an LGBTQ rights organization focused on creating safer college and university campuses, and Queerability, an LGBTQ and disability rights organization run by and for LGBTQ people with disabilities to create a new resource entitled Disability Rights Activism...

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Thank you

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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