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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.

ASAN Statement On The Defeat Of ACA Repeal

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), the leading nationwide 501(c)(3) advocacy organization by and for autistic people ourselves, applauds the defeat of the so-called Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA), or “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. This legislation would have deprived millions of Americans of health coverage and...

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ASAN Praises Introduction of Raise the Wage Act

Today the Raise the Wage Act was introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives. This bill would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, require fair pay for tipped workers, and end the discriminatory practice of legally paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage....

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ASAN Statement On Presidential Budget

ASAN strongly condemns the deep cuts that the President’s proposed budget would make to Medicaid, Social Security, and other critical programs for people with disabilities. The President’s proposal would deprive countless Americans with disabilities of critical health care and community-based supports. It would jeopardize our very lives and result...

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ASAN Condemns House Vote on American Health Care Act

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) condemns today’s vote by the House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA, if passed by the Senate, would slash Medicaid supports for Autistic adults and others with disabilities. It would also make health insurance unaffordable for millions...

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ASAN Condemns White House Autism Proclamation

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the President’s regressive World Autism Awareness Day proclamation, and the announcement that the White House will be participating in Autism Speaks’ “Light It Up Blue” campaign. After a decade of progress in which public conversations about autism have increasingly shifted away from...

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ASAN Opposes Seema Verma for CMS

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network calls on Congress to reject the nomination of Seema Verma, a longtime proponent of harmful health care policies, as Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Verma’s previous career as a consultant for State Medicaid programs raises serious concerns about her ability...

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Statement on the Sentencing of Alex Spourdalakis’ Murderers

Alex Spourdalakis, a 14-year-old autistic boy living in River Grove, Illinois, was murdered by his mother and godmother in June of 2013. After trying and failing to poison him with an overdose of medication, they stabbed him in the chest repeatedly before slitting his wrists. This murder was premeditated...

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ASAN Statement on Proposed Nomination of Jeff Sessions

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network condemns the proposed nomination of Senator Jefferson Sessions III, a staunch opponent of civil liberties, as United States Attorney General. The Attorney General oversees the Department of Justice. This agency’s work could not be more vital to the disability community. The Department of Justice...

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Trump’s new appointee: “I’ve got a cure for mental health – spank your children more”

Dear friends, Last week was a trying time for many who work for disability rights in America. Many of you share our deep concern with policy proposals put forward by the new President-elect, including deep cuts in the Medicaid funding that sustains the vast majority of supports to people...

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Statement on the Institutionalization of Arnaldo Rios-Soto

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) strongly condemns the institutionalization of Arnaldo Rios-Soto, an Autistic Latino young man, in Carlton Palms – a facility with a long history of abuse. Rios-Soto had witnessed North Miami police shoot and injure his therapist, Charles Kinsey, and had been restrained by police for...

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