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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.

It’s Here! Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking on Amazon!

It’s here! A little less than a year since we started, the Loud Hands Project is proud to unveil our first anthology: Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking, now available on Amazon. This is an exciting time for the Loud Hands Project, and we want to share it with you....

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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...

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Protesting

by Katie Miller Protests exhaust me, but not in the way you might think. Granted, it is a lot of work to prepare. The night before ASAN’s recent protest of Walk Now for Autism Speaks, a handful of us were making posters and researching the data to make sure...

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Autistics Speaking Day 2012: Reclaiming Voice

by Ari Ne’eman Holidays are funny things – they come around once a year, and remind us of feelings and ideas that we shouldn’t have ever let ourselves forget. Whether it’s Thanksgiving gratitude or July 4th patriotism, we turn to holidays not because the day itself matters, but because...

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Calling People the R word

by Alyssa Trigger Warning: R-slur as an insult, discussion of such (censored except in quotations and in a screen shot.) This is how we begin, sort of: I say sort of because this isn’t really a beginning, it’s a reflection. It’s a reflection of what we as a society...

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What is an Ally?

by Kassiane S. Hang around any civil rights type discussion for any length of time and you’ll hear talk of allies. Not allies like “the side the US fought for in World War II’” but allies the individual people. So what is an ally? An ally is a person...

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Autreat is Coming!

Autreat is coming up quickly on July 2nd-6th this year in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Autreat is a retreat style conference by and for Autistics. Run by Autism Network International (ANI), Autreat has become an autistic community tradition and fostered the ongoing development of autistic culture. While allies of Autistics are...

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Welcome to the Rest of International Autism Acceptance Year!

by Paula Durbin-Westby Time marches on! Welcome to the rest of International Autism Acceptance Year! International Autism Acceptance Year (IAAY) is a continuation of the remarkable success of Autism Acceptance Day and Month, started in 2011 and currently in its second year. Autism Acceptance Day was started within the...

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Asperger’s Means That

by Dylan Matthews I write about politics and public policy for a living. To do that well, you have to have a fair amount of background knowledge, of everything from how Congressional committees work, to various court precedents, to what it means when a rating agency downgrades Greek debt....

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I’m in Ur Toastmasters Meeting, Giving U Speeches

by Andee Joyce Here’s how I celebrated Autism Acceptance Month:  I gave my debut speech in Toastmasters about me and my neuro-orientation, to a roomful of nonautistic folks.  And they dug it.  Or at least, quite a few people said they did, and nobody acted (in body language I...

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