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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.

ACTION ALERT: Disability Rights v. Kavanaugh – call your Senators today!

Since before there was a self-advocacy movement, our community has fought for the right to be in control in our own lives. Now, a nominee to the Supreme Court threatens the progress we have made. Judge Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t believe that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the...

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ASAN Response To ASHA Position Statements

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network opposes the final position statements from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) regarding Facilitated Communication (FC) and Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). These statements take a broad position, based on incomplete and absent evidence, that all communications by users of RPM and FC should...

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ACTION ALERT: Health care under fire again – call your Senators now!

You already know how important the Affordable Care Act is for people with disabilities in the US. Over the last year and a half, we’ve contacted you about multiple attacks on the ACA as Congress tried again and again to strip affordable health care from millions of Americans and...

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Don’t let Judge Kavanaugh rewind our rights – call your Senators this week!

As people with disabilities, we know that every right we have is the result of a hard-won fight. Now, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court puts everything we have fought for at risk. We can’t let him turn back the clock on disability rights – call your...

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ASAN Opposes Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network opposes the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. As a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Kavanaugh has opposed the rights of people with disabilities to make our own choices. He has said that he might want to strike...

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Register for ASAN’s 2018 Gala!

Join us for a special celebration and fundraising event on Thursday, November 15. Dinner and dessert will be served and a reception will precede dinner. Proceeds will support our advocacy work and programs for the coming year, and allow us to continue working to empower disabled people across the...

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ASAN Opposes Citizenship Questions For 2020 Census

This document is also available as a PDF here. August 7, 2018 Jennifer Jessup Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer Department of Commerce Room 6616 14th and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20230 Re: Docket ID:  USBC–2018–0005, Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2020 Census Dear Ms. Jessup, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network...

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ASAN Letter to ASHA On The Right To Communicate

This letter is available as a PDF here. Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, President, Past Chair, Committee on Committees Meher Banajee, Chair, ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on FC and RPM Marie Ireland, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice, Board Liaison Diane Paul, ASHA Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology,...

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ASAN Condemns Family Separation

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network forcefully condemns the Trump Administration’s unconscionable policy of separating immigrant families at the border, and the subsequent incarceration and warehousing of infants and children. This policy is not mandated by law, but is a deliberate act of cruelty the Administration has chosen to inflict...

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Final Report: Supported Decision-Making And Transition To The Community

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network held an Invitational Summit on Supported Decision-Making and the Transition to the Community on October 18th and October 19th, 2016. From the summit and a series of follow-up interviews, ASAN derived recommendations for how self-advocates, lawyers, parents, government officials, and other stakeholders can use supported...

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