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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 Joint Statement on the Death of Kayden Clarke

We, the undersigned disability and LGBT rights organizations, strongly condemn the police shooting of Kayden Clarke, an Autistic transgender man, in his home on February 4 in Mesa, Arizona. Clarke, who identified as having Asperger’s Syndrome – a diagnosis on the autism spectrum – was killed by police who...

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Autistic Scholars Fellowship Recipients Announced!

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is very pleased to announce the recipients of our 2016 Autistic Scholars Fellowship! ASAN awards $5,000 tuition scholarships to 4 to 6 Autistic college students who demonstrate a strong commitment to disability rights advocacy, Autistic culture and community, and disability accessibility and inclusion on college campuses....

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ASAN and Disability Advocates Endorse H.R. 3516

On Monday, January 11th, 2016 ASAN and the National Disability Leadership Alliance sent the following letter to Chairman Johnson, endorsing H.R. 3516. The letter is also available as a PDF. Dear Chairman Johnson: On behalf of the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) and allied organizations, we write to communicate our...

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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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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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Statement on Autism Speaks Board Appointments

On December 7, 2015, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued the following statement regarding Autism Speaks’ recent appointment of two Autistic people to its Board of Directors. On December 7, after 10 years of widespread criticism, Autism Speaks announced the appointment of two Autistic people to its Board...

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Statement on Shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino

On Wednesday, December 2nd, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement regarding the shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California: Earlier today, a shooting occurred in San Bernardino, California at the Inland Regional Center, one of California’s non-profit Regional Centers tasked with managing services for...

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ASAN Statement on CDC’s New Autism Prevalence Data

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement about the Center for Disease Control’s new Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prevalence data on November 19, 2015. The latest CDC numbers reflect better understanding and diagnosis of autism. The data remains in line with studies showing that autistic people are...

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ASAN Releases New Resource On Medicaid Coverage for Autism Services

ASAN has released a new resource for its toolkit on health coverage for autism-related services. The resource, which is aimed at Medicaid plan administrators, will help plan administrators develop and expand coverage for autism services such as communication supports, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. ASAN released a resource on...

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ASAN Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the nation’s leading advocacy organization by and for autistic people ourselves, announced today its support for provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) that would help people with disabilities enter the workforce without risking total loss of social security benefits. ASAN opposes other provisions...

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