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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 Unveils Toolkit for Advocates on Health Care and the Transition to Adulthood

ASAN has prepared a comprehensive toolkit to empower people with disabilities, their families, and other disability advocates to help youth with disabilities manage their own health care as they transition to adulthood. As ASAN found in our 2013 report, youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities face a variety of barriers to...

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ASAN Statement on Sprint “Neurodiversity ID Pack”

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds Sprint for their newly announced “Neurodiversity ID Pack” containing a number of apps designed to support people with cognitive and developmental disorders.  By selecting a package of apps specifically aimed at facilitating accessibility and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Sprint...

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Community Concerns Regarding the Google-Autism Speaks Ten Thousand Genomes Program (AUT10K)

In response to the recent announcement of the new Google-Autism Speaks collaboration to produce, expand and analyze the world’s largest private collection of DNA samples of autistic children and adults, many in the autistic community have expressed significant concerns regarding the initiative. The program, entitled the Autism Speaks Ten...

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ASAN Statement on Autism CARES Act

In response to this week’s introduction of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act of 2014 (S.2449) and the markup of H.R. 4631, the House equivalent, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network has issued the following statement: ASAN is pleased to note that both the Senate and...

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ASAN, Disability Rights Organizations Urge Changes to Combating Autism Act

On Monday, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network released a joint letter to Congress, signed by fourteen other organizations, urging changes to the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, H.R. 4631. June 2, 2014 Dear Chairman Pitts and Ranking Member Pallone: We, the undersigned organizations committed to advancing equality of opportunity for people...

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ASAN, Disability Rights Orgs File Amicus Brief Challenging Withholding Medical Care Due to Disability

On Friday May 23, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Not Dead Yet, and 12 other disability rights organizations filed an amicus brief in a case challenging the University of Wisconsin Hospital Center’s alleged practice of counseling families of people with developmental disabilities to withhold care for treatable but potentially...

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ASAN Statement Opposing House CAA Re-authorization Legislation H.R. 4631

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is deeply concerned by the recently introduced Combating Autism Re-authorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4631). H.R. 4631 fails to address many of the longstanding problems in the CAA, including the lack of funding and attention to research on services and the needs of adults,...

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ASAN Testimony to the Neurological Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the FDA

ASAN President Ari Ne’eman gave the following testimony urging the ban of aversive-conditioning devices to the Neurological Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Good morning. My name is Ari Ne’eman, and I am testifying here in my role as President...

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Written Comment to the Food and Drug Administration on the Banning of Electrical Aversive Conditioning Devices

ASAN submitted written comment to the Food and Drug Administration, strongly urging the FDA to ban the use of electric  aversive conditioning devices. These comments are available here....

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Call For Resumes: Freddie Mac Seeks Autistic Interns

Freddie Mac, a leading mortgage finance company, is partnering with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to fill three paid internship opportunities. The ASAN-Freddie Mac Internship Program is an opportunity for recent graduates and current students on the autism spectrum to gain work experience and enter the workforce of a...

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