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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 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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ASAN Statement on #JusticeForKayleb

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the conviction of Kayleb Moon-Robinson, a Black and autistic sixth-grader, for disorderly conduct and felony assault after kicking over a trash can at school and struggling to get away from a School Resource Officer. This was a minor incident which should have...

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#NoModernAsylums: ASAN Statement Condemning NYTimes Op-Ed Supporting Institutionalization

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is appalled by Christine Montross’s February 18th op-ed in the New York Times promoting a return to mental institutions. Montross’s op-ed is part of a dangerous agenda to send people with disabilities back to institutions. She cites cases of intense support needs and behavioral difficulties...

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ASAN Joined by Coalition Supporting MD Anti-Organ Transplant Discrimination Bill

You can download the coalition’s testimony as a PDF here. SB 792 Public Health – Nondiscrimination in Access to Anatomical Gifts and Organ Transplantation Senate Finance Committee March 18, 2015 Position: SUPPORT The Arc Maryland, Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS), Maryland DD Council, Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC),...

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Joint Disability Letter in Support of NJ Transition Plan

Dear Deputy Commissioner Arye, Deputy Commissioner Apgar and Assistant Commissioner Shea: We write on behalf of a broad array of national and New Jersey organizations representing people with disabilities and civil liberties to express support for the State of New Jersey’s proposed statewide home and community-based settings transition plan....

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ASAN Praises the Pardon of Neli Latson

In response to today’s conditional pardon of Neli Latson by Virginia Governor Terry Mcauliffe, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement: We applaud Governor Mcauliffe for taking this important step to remove Neli Latson from an unjust and inappropriate prison sentence. Neli’s imprisonment, which included time spent...

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