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ASAN views the Autistic community as one community, and we work with parents and other allies who share our goals. Other categories of articles, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

No Quiet Waters

Growing up with parents who were immigrants from Africa to the United States, I heard a lot of proverbs. I liked many of them, but there were some that I, an autistic child with a very literal mind, simply could not understand. One of those was a proverb that...

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Sign up to be a Day of Mourning Vigil Site Coordinator

In the past five years, over four hundred people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents, relatives or caregivers. On Wednesday, March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember these disabled victims of filicide – disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers....

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A voice for all: Why I’m fighting to help Autistic students access the form of communication that works best for them.

This March, I filed a complaint with the Department of Justice on behalf of five non-speaking autistic students in Arlington, VA who use letter-boards to communicate (or, as one of these students has dubbed them, the “Arlington Five”). These students are only a few of the many non-speaking autistic...

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Remarks from DDOM Founder Zoe Gross at the DC Vigil

I believe everyone should be loved. I believe everyone should be safe. I believe all our lives have value. I believe murder is wrong. I believe the dead should be mourned. I believe we should say their names. Every year I sit down to write and I think that...

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Disability Day of Mourning Vigil Sites

In the past five years, over one hundred and eighty people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents. Tuesday, March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember disabled victims of filicide–disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers. We see the same pattern...

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2016 Day of Mourning Vigils

In December of 2015, 71-year-old Antonio Tucci was beaten to death by his nephew. A month earlier, 5-year old Helious Griffith and 6-year old Dustin Hicks were both murdered by their mothers. In the year since our last vigil, our community has lost at least seventy more victims. In the past...

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ASAN’s 2015 Annual Report

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a national grassroots disability rights organization run by and for Autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to educate communities and improve public...

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The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy on Autism Acceptance

Ari Ne’eman: Let me start the recording. You can talk a little bit about how part of autism acceptance is addressing barriers in public schools and dealing with opening up the general education class, if you would be comfortable relating that to your family’s experience. That would be great....

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ASAN Statement on Sesame Workshop’s “See Amazing” Initiative

On October 21st, 2015, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement regarding Sesame Workshop’s “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative: ASAN is proud to be a partner in Sesame Workshop’s “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative. Over the past...

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Autistic Pride Day 2015: A Message to the Autistic Community

Today is Autistic Pride Day. For ten years, our community has come together on June 18th to celebrate who we are and affirm our right to build a culture and community of our own. When Autistic Pride Day first began, it was the first in what would become a...

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