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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.

#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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ACI 2015 Applications are Now Open

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2015 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 from May 30...

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ASAN Calls for Pardon for Neli Latson

Yesterday, Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic man currently imprisoned in Virginia, pled guilty to assaulting a correctional officer in exchange for a six-month sentence – the statutory minimum. Although the Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the efforts of Neli’s attorney in this case, justice is still not served. We...

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ASAN Condemns Maryland for Dropping Charges in Case of Autistic Men in Basement

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is outraged that the Maryland prosecutor’s office has dropped all charges against a couple that imprisoned their autistic sons in a filthy basement with no furniture or electricity. When the prosecutor’s office declined to pursue charges, they joined a pattern of treating violence against...

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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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