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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 Comments on FDA’s Proposed Ban of Electric Shock Devices

This letter is available as a PDF here and in the embedded issuu reader here. Leslie Kux Associate Commissioner for Policy Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 Re: Docket Number FDA-2016-N-1111, Proposal to Ban Electrical Stimulation Devices Used...

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Building an Inclusive Rights Agenda for Autistic Adults: Joint Statement from ASAN and the Republic of Malta

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITY AND ACTIVE AGEING Building an Inclusive Rights Agenda for Autistic Adults: COSP9 side event held by the Government of Malta in collaboration with Autistic Self Advocacy Network Malta, through the Parliamentary Secretariat for Rights of Persons...

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ASAN Statement on the Revisions to H.R. 2646

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is alarmed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s passage of H.R. 2646, the so-called “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Despite recent revisions, H.R. 2646 continues to focus on interventions that isolate and stigmatize people with mental health disabilities. It was not...

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ASAN’s Comments on Education Department’s Proposed Rule on Special Education Disproportionality

ASAN has submitted our comments on a proposed change to Department of Education regulations. The proposed change would require public school systems to use a specific method for determining whether or not an unusually high or low number of students of color are identified as needing special education. This is...

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ASAN Statement on SSA Representative Payee Gun Database Rule

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) strongly opposes a rule proposed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that would report individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), who also require the services of a representative payee, to the National Instant Criminal Background Check...

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Statement on FDA Proposed Rule Banning Use of Electric Shock Devices

On April 22, 2016, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued the following statement on the proposed FDA rule to ban the use of electric shock devices such as those used at the Judge Rotenberg Center. Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule to ban...

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ASAN Urges Confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) urges the Senate to confirm Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court. This vacancy cannot be allowed to remain until the inauguration of the next president. We believe that the President’s nominee will fairly examine the...

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Maryland Votes to End Subminimum Wage

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network commends the Maryland Legislature for passing the Ken Capone Equal Employment Act, which will require Maryland employers who pay their employees with disabilities below the minimum wage to phase out their use of subminimum wage in three to four years. It would also amend...

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ASAN Celebrates Dismissal of All Charges Against Kayleb Moon Robinson

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is pleased that the Commonwealth of Virginia has dismissed all charges against Autistic middle school student Kayleb Moon-Robinson. Last year, when he was in sixth grade, Kayleb was wrongfully arrested and faced with criminal charges for walking into the school hallway and struggling when...

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ASAN Files ADA Complaint on Communication Access in Schools

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA– As part of its new communication rights initiative, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has filed a groundbreaking complaint with the Department of Justice, seeking communication supports for five non-speaking autistic students in Arlington, Virginia. The Arlington Public Schools system (APS) has repeatedly denied these students’ requests to...

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