Main Content

Category Archives: Press

Media inquiries: media@autisticadvocacy.org

ASAN issues press releases to inform the public of our policy positions and actions. Other categories of articles, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds President Obama’s inclusion of workers with disabilities in executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds President Obama’s inclusion of workers with disabilities in executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. Inclusion of disabled contractors means real pay for thousands of workers with disabilities. Washington, DC — February 12th, 2014 — The Autistic Self Advocacy...

Read More »

Posted in ASAN in the News, Disability Rights and Neurodiversity, Employment, News, Press | Tagged Comments Off

ASAN Condemns Media Coverage of the Attempted Murder of Issy Stapleton

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement on Monday, October 14th, expressing dismay at the media coverage of the attempted murder of Issy Stapleton, age 14. Both local and national media coverage of Issy’s attempted murder have emphasized her mother’s alleged stress, the “burden” of Issy’s disability, and...

Read More »

Posted in Changing Perceptions, Press, Preventing Abuse and Bullying | Tagged Comments Off

ASAN Statement on the Murder of Jaelen and Faith Edge

On Saturday, September 14th, Marilyn Edge murdered her son Jaelen, and her daughter, Faith. Jaelen, age 13, was autistic. His mother left his body with that of his nine-year-old sister’s, only revealing the location of their bodies to authorities after multiple suicide attempts. Jaelen and Faith join Issy Stapelton,...

Read More »

Posted in Autistic Community and Allies, News, Press, Preventing Abuse and Bullying | Tagged , , , , , , , Comments Off

Disability Community Celebrates Guardianship Decision For Adult Woman With Down Syndrome

Guardianship request by estranged parents denied; disabled woman granted right to self-determination and citizenship The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement today expressing full support and celebration at the decision handed down by the court today granting Jenny Hatch full legal control over her own life. Jenny Hatch,...

Read More »

Posted in News, Press | Tagged , , , , , Comments Off

ASAN Calls for Federal Hate Crime Prosecution for the Murder of Alex Spourdalakis

Last week, Alex Spourdalakis, a 14-year Autistic boy living in River Grove, Illinois, was murdered by his mother and godmother. After failing to kill him with sleeping pills, they stabbed him in the chest repeatedly before slitting his wrists. This murder was premeditated and motivated entirely by Alex’s disability....

Read More »

Posted in News, Press | Tagged , , Comments Off

ASAN Statement on Upcoming House Autism Hearing

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement today regarding the upcoming House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on autism: “We’re profoundly concerned by the decision by the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform to convene a hearing on autism next week without the inclusion of...

Read More »

Posted in Autistic Community and Allies, Disability Rights and Neurodiversity, News, Press, Self Advocacy and Representation | Tagged , , Comments Off

ASAN Expresses Deep Concern over Scarborough Remarks Suggesting Aurora Shooter on the Autism Spectrum

National Autistic Advocacy Organization Urges MSNBC Host to retract unfounded comments Washington, DC – July 23, 2012 – The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the leading national advocacy organization run by and for adults on the autism spectrum, issued a statement today expressing concern and disappointment regarding comments by MSNBC...

Read More »

Posted in News, Press, Self Advocacy and Representation | Tagged , , , , , Comments Off

ASAN expresses concern regarding new HHS report on autism research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASAN expresses concern regarding new HHS report on autism research New report uses “creative accounting” to reflect increase in services-research; confirms persistent under-representation of adult needs Washington, DC – July, 10th, 2012 – This morning, the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) within the federal Department...

Read More »

Posted in Press, Research and Data Collection | Tagged , , , Comments Off

ASAN Condemns Presidential Appointment of Anti-Vaccine Activist Peter Bell

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has expressed concern and disappointment over anti-vaccine activist Peter H. Bell's appointment to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, in contrast to the forward motion the Obama administration has shown in the areas of autism and disability as a whole....

Read More »

Posted in Changing Perceptions, Press | Tagged , Comments Off

ASAN Announces Opposition to Menendez-Enzi-Brown Autism Legislation

Press Release Opposing Autism Legislation: ASAN has issued a press release stating that an extension of the Combating Autism Act would lock in place an unacceptable status quo without services, without consideration of the needs of adults and without inclusion of self-advocates. We oppose extending the act without needed...

Read More »

Posted in News, Press, Research and Data Collection | Tagged , , Comments Off

More information