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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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ASAN Comments on Proposed Delay of Significant Disproportionality Rule

This letter is available as a PDF here. May 11, 2018 Johnny W. Collett Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 5107 Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2500 Dear Secretary Collett: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)1For more...

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ASAN Letter to FDA on Banning Electric Shock Devices

You can download this letter as a PDF here. Alex M. Azar II Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Scott Gottlieb Commissioner Food and Drug Administration John Michael Mulvaney Director Office of Management and Budget Sent via electronic mail Re: FDA proposed rule banning electrical stimulation devices...

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ASAN Condemns President’s Budget Request

Statement: ASAN strongly condemns the deep cuts that the President’s proposed budget would make to Medicaid, Social Security, employment programs, housing supports, and other critical programs for people with disabilities. The President’s profoundly hypocritical proposal would simultaneously slash the critical programs that help people with disabilities find employment, while...

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ASAN Letter to House Leaders on H.R. 620

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), the nation’s leading 501(c)(3) disability rights advocacy organization by and for autistic people ourselves, strongly opposes H.R. 620, the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.” H.R. 620 would curtail the civil rights of Americans with disabilities by making it prohibitively difficult for...

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Our civil rights are on the line RIGHT NOW – we need your calls!

In 1990, the ADA gave people with disabilities the legal right to access in our communities. 28 years later, businesses are still trying to avoid their responsibility to their disabled customers by lobbying for a bill called HR 620. This bill would erode our protections under the ADA and...

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ASAN Tells WA State: No Sterilization Forms!

Dear Ms. Zinn, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and the undersigned disability rights advocacy organizations write to you regarding your recent proposal to create court forms specific to sterilization of people under guardianship. Although we share your commitment to ensure that no individual under guardianship is illegally subjected to...

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ASAN Opposes Tax Bill, Repeal of Individual Mandate

ASAN remains strongly opposed to the elimination of the individual mandate to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and condemns the inclusion of repeal within the latest versions of the tax bills. The individual mandate helps make insurance more affordable, especially for people with disabilities. The...

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Announcing our Autism & Safety Toolkit!

ASAN is proud to announce the release of our Autism & Safety Toolkit, made possible by generous support from the WITH Foundation!...

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ASAN Statement of Support for Rosa Maria Hernandez

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network denounces the detainment and potential deportation of Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old with cerebral palsy in Texas. Rosa Maria Hernandez was stopped at an immigration checkpoint while in an ambulance on her way to emergency gallbladder surgery. Immediately following her surgery, border patrol agents...

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