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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.

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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What is an Ally?

by Kassiane S. Hang around any civil rights type discussion for any length of time and you’ll hear talk of allies. Not allies like “the side the US fought for in World War II’” but allies the individual people. So what is an ally? An ally is a person...

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ASAN-Kentucky Comment on New HCBS Waiver Regulations

by Kristen Guin, ASAN-Kentucky I am writing on behalf of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network regarding the recent proposed new administrative regulations (907 KAR 12:010) for Kentucky’s Supports for Community Living 1915(c) Medicaid waiver. We are pleased to support the following segment on employment for individuals with disabilities. Section 4(9)(b)(4)(e):...

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Joint Letter to Gov. Gregoire Urging Against Appealing M.R. v. Dreyfus to the Supreme Court

August 28, 2012  Dear Governor Gregoire: On behalf of the undersigned national disability rights and aging organizations  representing millions of Americans with disabilities, we strongly urge you not to file a petition  for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of M.R. v. Dreyfus. 1 Filing a petition for...

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Navigating College Update

by Elesia Ashkenazy Greetings and salutations ASAN blog readers! One of our favorite projects so far, Navigating College, is coming up on its second year! Thanks to you, and to countless others, it has been well received in the community. Now is a good time to toot the Navigating...

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Career Options

by Meg Evans Young people entering the workforce often have to sort through a lot of career suggestions. Autistics and others with developmental disabilities may be advised to start a small business, on the assumption that it would be easier than finding a conventional job. Rather than commit to...

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Autism: From Awareness to Understanding to Acceptance and Appreciation

by Rebecca Hamilton Over the years, we’ve made some progress where Autism Awareness is concerned. Many have seen advertisements and articles and news-clippings, they’ve heard the word, they know autism exists. I think we’ve hit a plateau, however, in that awareness is not enough. Firstly, being aware of autism...

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