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Reflecting on History, Resisting Hate

On April 19th, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement in response to new reports further detailing Hans Asperger’s collaboration with the Nazi regime: We are a community with a long history of resilience in the face of overwhelming hatred. The history of the autistic community has...

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White House Continues to Ignore Self-Advocates

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is disappointed to learn that the White House is again participating in Autism Speaks’ “Light It Up Blue” campaign. While self-advocates work to promote autism acceptance, disability rights, and self-determination this April, the White House chooses to promote a stigmatizing and outdated view of...

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ASAN Statement on Gun Violence Prevention Following Parkland Mass Shooting

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) joins the nation in mourning the loss of the seventeen men, women, and children who were murdered on February 14, 2017 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As in all mass shootings, these deaths were tragic, senseless, and preventable. We...

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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 Statement on Medicaid Work Requirements

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) strongly opposes the Trump Administration’s decision to use work requirements to push individuals out of Medicaid programs. This morning, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that states will be allowed to impose work requirements for Medicaid eligibility, a devastating and...

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ASAN Condemns Passage of Tax Bill

ASAN strongly condemns the final passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), a tax giveaway for corporations and the wealthiest Americans which comes at great cost to the disability community. This law will take away health care from an estimated 13 million people. By drastically reducing tax...

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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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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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Autistic People Deserve A Better Budget

ASAN condemns the final passage of the 2018 Budget Resolution, which would set the stage for tax cuts for corporations and the richest Americans by cutting $5 trillion dollars over the next decade from Medicaid, Social Security, and other essential services that allow people with disabilities to live good...

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ASAN Condemns New Attacks On The ACA

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) condemns the multiple new attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from the Trump administration in the past 24 hours. These attacks undermine our health care system, will raise costs for everyone, and threaten the lives of people with disabilities. ASAN calls on...

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