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Selected newsworthy articles about ASAN’s actions and statements on matters of public importance can be found here. Other categories of articles, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

ASAN Praises ED Letter Urging Schools to Look Beyond ABA

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for their July 6th Dear Colleague letter to states expressing concern that schools may be inappropriately limiting services offered to autistic children to those offered by Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapists. “Some IDEA...

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ASAN Calls for Justice in Troy Canales Police Brutality Case

Last November, NYPD officers allegedly physically assaulted a black autistic teenager, throwing him face-down to the sidewalk outside his home, punching him in the face, and then taking him to the station-house to interrogate him before finally releasing him without charges. According to his attorneys, Troy Canales was stopped...

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Justice for All: Improving Employment Programs for Workers with Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, July 20, 2015     Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a coalition of organizations including the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, TASH, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Association of People Supporting Employment First, the Service Employees International Union...

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ASAN Statement on Sentencing in Jude Mirra’s Murder

This statement is available as a Word document and in PDF format. Last week, eight-year-old Jude Mirra’s mother, Gigi Jordan, was sentenced to eighteen years in prison for killing her autistic son after a jury found her guilty of manslaughter last fall. Jude was murdered over five years ago...

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ASAN Calls for Expanded Coverage of Assistive Communication Devices

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to recognize tablets – such as iPads – as assistive communication devices. Many autistic people use speech-generation programs on tablets to communicate. Currently, people enrolled in Medicare can only get coverage for special speech-generation...

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ASAN Statement On JRC At Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the Association for Behavior Analysis International for their decision to feature the Judge Rotenberg Center at their 2015 annual conference. The Judge Rotenberg Center, which uses contingent electric shock to modify the behavior of disabled students and has been condemned by the...

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ASAN Calls For Autism Air Carrier Guidance From Department Of Transportation

(Letter to Secretary Foxx, PDF) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20 May 2015 Media Contact: Samantha Crane, Esq. Legal Director & Director of Public Policy Autistic Self Advocacy Network scrane@autisticadvocacy.org (202) 509-0135 WASHINGTON – In the wake of a recent case of apparent discrimination against an autistic airline passenger, the Autistic...

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ASAN Letter to House Appropriations on HHS & HCBS

To:      U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies I am writing on behalf of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to support continued appropriations to support Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and community integration-related activities. ASAN is the leading...

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We Wrote It – Now It’s The Law!

This month, Maryland became the first state in the United States to enact the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s model law banning disability-based discrimination in organ transplantation. Maryland will be the third state to have an organ transplant anti-discrimination law, joining New Jersey and California. This victory is the result...

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Statement on CDC Autism Monitoring Efforts

On April 22nd, 2015, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement regarding the CDC’s recent announcement as to the expansion of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM). The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is concerned that the recently announced expansion of data collection and surveillance by...

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