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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 Statement on New Jersey Assisted Suicide Bill Hearing

Despite leading disability rights organizations’ long history of opposition to legalization of assisted suicide, the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee held a hearing yesterday on the state’s proposed assisted suicide bill without inviting any representatives of the disability community as witnesses. People with disabilities,...

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ASAN Comment on California’s HCBS Transition Plan

Department of Health Care Services Long-Term Care Division, STP comments 1501 Capitol Avenue, MS 4503 PO Box 997437 Sacramento, CA 95899-7437 VIA EMAIL: STP@dhcs.ca.gov   Dear Sir or Madam: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) appreciates the opportunity to submit the following comments on California’s statewide home and community-based...

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ASAN Statement On The ABLE Act

In response to the passage of the ABLE Act through the House of Representatives on December 3rd, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement:   The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the passage of the ABLE Act through the House of Representatives and urges swift Senate passage....

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Action Alert: Send Comments Now on Community Services in California

Dear friends, The federal government has announced a new rule that will make sure that Medicaid-funded home and community-based services are actually in the community. Home and community based services help people with disabilities get the supports and services they need to live, work, and stay in their own...

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ASAN Calls for Neli Latson’s Release

In early 2010, police responded to calls about a “suspicious black male” and found a young black man waiting outside a local school library. An officer approached Reginald “Neli” Latson, then-18 and also autistic. He did not give his name when asked, and he attempted to walk away. The...

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Statement on the Murder of London McCabe

On Tuesday, November 4th, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement regarding the murder of London McCabe. Last night, six-year-old London McCabe was thrown from a bridge by his mother. His body was found hours later. London was autistic. Our community mourns someone we lost before he had...

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ASAN Applauds Congressional Letter Urging Self-Advocate Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds letter from Congressional champions urging increased representation of autistic adults in Autism CARES Act funded programs. WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauded five leading congressional champions for autism services this morning for authoring a letter sent yesterday to the Department...

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ASAN Statement On The Killing Of Nancy Fitzmaurice

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement on Tuesday, October 28th, regarding the killing of Nancy Fitzmaurice.   The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is profoundly concerned by the recent decision from the United Kingdom allowing Great Ormond Street Hospital in London to kill Nancy Fitzmaurice, a disabled 12-year...

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ASAN Statement On The Sentencing Of K. Stapleton

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement on Wednesday, October 8th, regarding the sentencing of K. Stapleton. K. Stapleton, having pled guilty to charges of first-degree child abuse, has been sentenced to 10-22 years in prison after poisoning her autistic daughter, Issy, in an attempt to end her...

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ASAN Letter: California Should Cover More Than ABA

This letter is available in PDF form here. September 29, 2014  Toby Douglas, Director California Department of Health Care Services P.O. Box 997413, MS 0000 Sacramento, CA 95899-7413   Dear Mr. Douglas, We, the undersigned organizations representing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, service-providers and researchers, write...

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