Main Content

Category Archives: Changing Perceptions

ASAN works to change public perceptions of autism and to dispel old myths and stereotypes that have led to discrimination and abuse. Other categories of articles, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, LGBT Groups Release Statement on Needs of Trans Autistic People

Today, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the National Center for Transgender Equality released a joint statement about the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming autistic people and launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #AutisticTransPride to highlight transgender autistic voices and leadership. Earlier...

Read More »

Posted in Blog, Changing Perceptions, Disability Rights and Neurodiversity, Policy, Press, Self Advocacy and Representation, Therapies and Health Care, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , Comments Off on Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, LGBT Groups Release Statement on Needs of Trans Autistic People

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...

Read More »

Posted in Autistic Community and Allies, Blog, Changing Perceptions, Disability Rights and Neurodiversity, Inclusive Education and College, Policy, Self Advocacy and Representation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on A voice for all: Why I’m fighting to help Autistic students access the form of communication that works best for them.

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...

Read More »

Posted in Autistic Community and Allies, Blog, Changing Perceptions | Comments Off on Remarks from DDOM Founder Zoe Gross at the DC Vigil

ASAN and Disability Leaders Meet with NEA on Offensive Remarks

This morning, representatives from the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the Association of University Centers on Disability and the National Center for Learning Disabilities spoke with Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Education Association, about comments made by her at the October...

Read More »

Posted in Changing Perceptions, Inclusive Education and College, Uncategorized | Comments Off on ASAN and Disability Leaders Meet with NEA on Offensive Remarks

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...

Read More »

Posted in Autistic Community and Allies, Changing Perceptions, News | Comments Off on ASAN Statement on Sesame Workshop’s “See Amazing” Initiative

ASAN Statement on New Jersey Assisted Suicide Bill Hearing

Despite leading disability rights organizations’ long history of opposition to legalization of assisted suicide, the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee held a hearing yesterday on the state’s proposed assisted suicide bill without inviting any representatives of the disability community as witnesses. People with disabilities,...

Read More »

Posted in Changing Perceptions, Disability Rights and Neurodiversity, News, Policy, Self Advocacy and Representation | Tagged , , , , Comments Off on ASAN Statement on New Jersey Assisted Suicide Bill Hearing

ASAN Applauds Build-a-Bear Ending Support for Autism Speaks

ASAN applauds Build-A-Bear Workshop’s decision to end their partnership with Autism Speaks. For years, self-advocates and families have urged corporate donors to reconsider their funding to Autism Speaks, pointing out the organization’s lack of autistic leadership, offensive advertising and other unethical business practices. In making this decision, Build-A-Bear has demonstrated...

Read More »

Posted in Changing Perceptions, News | Comments Off on ASAN Applauds Build-a-Bear Ending Support for Autism Speaks

Disability Community Joint Letter on Combating Autism Act Re-authorization

Dear Senator Menendez, Rep. Smith and Rep. Doyle, We, the undersigned organizations committed to advancing equality of opportunity for people with disabilities, write with regard to the upcoming re-authorization of the Combating Autism Act (CAA). As you consider re-authorizing CAA, we urge you to incorporate the need for substantive...

Read More »

Posted in Changing Perceptions, Disability Rights and Neurodiversity, Policy, Research and Data Collection, Self Advocacy and Representation | Tagged , Comments Off on Disability Community Joint Letter on Combating Autism Act Re-authorization

2014 Joint Letter to the Sponsors of Autism Speaks

To the Sponsors, Donors, and Supporters of Autism Speaks: We, the undersigned organizations representing the disability community, are writing to urge you to end your support for Autism Speaks. We profoundly appreciate your interest in supporting the autism and broader disability communities. Our work is about empowering and supporting...

Read More »

Posted in Action, Autistic Community and Allies, Changing Perceptions | Tagged Comments Off on 2014 Joint Letter to the Sponsors of Autism Speaks

ASAN condemns proposal to cut funding for effective mental health advocacy and interventions, expand forced treatment programs

ASAN strongly opposes recently proposed legislation, sponsored by House Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), which would cut funding for crucial mental health services and advocacy programs while expanding coercive intervention programs. The proposed act reinforces stigmatizing perceptions that people with mental illness are at increased risk for violence and would...

Read More »

Posted in Changing Perceptions, Community Services and Supports, Disability Rights and Neurodiversity, Therapies and Health Care | Tagged , Comments Off on ASAN condemns proposal to cut funding for effective mental health advocacy and interventions, expand forced treatment programs

More information