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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.

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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ASAN Letter to House Appropriations on HHS & HCBS

To:      U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies I am writing on behalf of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to support continued appropriations to support Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and community integration-related activities. ASAN is the leading...

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On Our Backs, We Will Carry Them

Reflections on the 2015 Disability Day of Mourning From ASAN President Ari Ne’eman Memory is an important part of how we define our communities. When we think about the history of the disability rights movement, there are so many moments at which we stop and think to ourselves, “But...

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2015 Day of Mourning Vigil Sites

In the past five years, over seventy people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents. These acts are horrific enough on their own. But they exist in the context of a larger pattern. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due...

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Testimony to the 21st Century Policing Task Force

The following testimony was given to the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing on February 4th, 2015 by ASAN President Ari Ne’eman Members of the Task Force, Thank you for inviting us to provide feedback to you today. On behalf of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the...

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ASAN Statement on Autism CARES Act

In response to this week’s introduction of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act of 2014 (S.2449) and the markup of H.R. 4631, the House equivalent, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network has issued the following statement: ASAN is pleased to note that both the Senate and...

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New ASAN resource on starting a nonprofit

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is proud to announce the release of a new technical assistance document Starting a Non-Profit is Like Having a Baby: 8 Questions Your Group Should Ask Before Starting a Non-Profit. Many self advocacy organizations want to become formalized non-profits recognized by the state and...

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Thank you

Last Saturday, I stood in a park across from the Capitol Building, surrounded by my community, as we read a list of names. I could have sworn time stopped; we read down one poster, and then another, and every time I thought we were done, there were more names....

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