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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.

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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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ASAN Condemns Media Coverage of the Attempted Murder of Issy Stapleton

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement on Monday, October 14th, expressing dismay at the media coverage of the attempted murder of Issy Stapleton, age 14. Both local and national media coverage of Issy’s attempted murder have emphasized her mother’s alleged stress, the “burden” of Issy’s disability, and...

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Autism Acceptance, Flowering

by Meg Evans After a long chilly winter in the northern United States, springtime finally made its appearance, as the weather turned much warmer this week. Flowers are opening, birds are chirping, and a pleasant breeze is blowing in through the open windows. This past winter’s snow and howling...

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Announcing the Launch of Autism Acceptance Month Website

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Autism Acceptance Month website for this April, as part of a history of campaigns by autistic people and our allies to shift the month’s focus from autism awareness to autism acceptance. The tagline for our Autism Acceptance Month website...

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ASAN Day of Mourning on March 1st

Dear friends, Last year, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, along with Not Dead Yet and the National Council on Independent Living, held a Day of Mourning for people with disabilities killed by their relatives and caregivers. Day of Mourning began as a response to the murder of George Hodgins, a...

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ASAN Thanks a Visionary Leader for Four Years of Trailblazing

On Wednesday, January 9th, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis submitted her resignation to President Obama. She was initially confirmed as Secretary of Labor in February of 2009. According to NPR, Solis said of her resignation, “Growing up in a large Mexican-American family in La Puente, California, I never imagined...

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