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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.

ACI 2016 Applications Now Open

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2016 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy! The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic students to create systems change on their college campuses. Accepted applicants will travel to Washington, DC and participate in advocacy training at Gallaudet University...

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ASAN’s 2015 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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Segregated Farmsteads in Arizona Aren’t “Community-Based”

Yesterday, ASAN wrote a letter to Arizona’s Medicaid agency urging it not to classify segregated “farmsteads” as community-based settings. Unlike traditional farms, autism-specific farmsteads are segregated, disability-specific settings where people work for less than minimum wage, and where people have few or no opportunities to work side by side...

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ASAN Statement on GOP Primary Debate Comments on Autism and Vaccination

Despite a wealth of scientific evidence debunking any link between autism and vaccinations, tonight’s Republican primary debate featured prominent commentary from a leading candidate repeating inaccurate information suggesting a link. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is disappointed that long after the science has spoken, politicians and pundits continue to...

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ASAN is Beating The Odds

Last week, ASAN sponsored Elly Wong, an incoming freshman at Syracuse University, to attend the First Lady’s Beating The Odds summit as part of the #ReachHigher initiative. Here is what Elly had to say about the experience:  The White House, evidently, believes in us. [A person named Elly Wong...

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Autistic Pride Day 2015: A Message to the Autistic Community

Today is Autistic Pride Day. For ten years, our community has come together on June 18th to celebrate who we are and affirm our right to build a culture and community of our own. When Autistic Pride Day first began, it was the first in what would become a...

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Call for Resumes: Freddie Mac Data Analyst Internship Position for Autistic College Grads

Freddie Mac, a leading mortgage finance company, is partnering with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to fill a paid Data Analyst intern position for autistic college graduates and/or seniors graduating in December 2015 who are willing to relocate to McLean, VA. Requirements for Applicants: –Must identify as being on...

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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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“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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