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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.

The I-Word

by Ian Ford We have come a long way, right? We used to be called idiots and lunatics. Now we are referred to as individuals living with name-your-disorder, so it appears we have finally moved beyond the language problem. Most people know the R-word is incorrect, and the new...

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Disability Community Across the Country Mourns Disabled People Murdered by Family Members and Caregivers

On March 30th, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, working with the broader disability community, convened a nationwide Day of Mourning in memory disabled people murdered by family members and caregivers. Eighteen cities participated by holding candlelit vigils in locations across the country. Over the course of the past week, the...

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Dear well-meaning strangers

from Lydia Brown, at Autistic Hoya Dear well-meaning strangers, During this month, you will be bombarded with public service announcements, billboards, letters, emails, graphics, and all manner of multimedia about “autism awareness.” Here’s a revolutionary idea. Every time you see or hear something that says something about April being...

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Loud Hands Project Update

We did it! After 80 days, several interviews, too many tumblr posts, an ambitious blog carnival, hundreds of shared facebook updates and tweets, thousands of emails to families, friends, coworkers, and arch-nemeses, and a constant, concerted effort by the Autistic community...

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ASAN Condemns Presidential Appointment of Anti-Vaccine Activist Peter Bell

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has expressed concern and disappointment over anti-vaccine activist Peter H. Bell's appointment to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, in contrast to the forward motion the Obama administration has shown in the areas of autism and disability as a whole....

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The Loud Hands Project

The Loud Hands Project, a publishing effort by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, is working towards the creation of our first and foundational anthology and accompanying website. "Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking" features essays, long and short, by Autistic authors ...

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Autism Education for Law Enforcement Officers

Self-advocate Lydia Brown reports on a proposal to improve safety for Autistic people by training law enforcement officers in Massachusetts about autism. She has provided a fact sheet and contact information for state legislators....

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Autistic Adult Community Condemns PBS NewsHour for Ignorant Remarks

PBS NewsHour’s program about autism dismisses adults' needs: In addressing why the Autistic community was not invited to participate, Robert MacNeil claimed that issues facing Autistic adults were not “an urgent issue” and not important enough to merit coverage. ASAN has issued a press release condemning his ignorant statements....

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Cafe Press: Advocacy Success

Cafe Press responds to concerns: Cafe Press has agreed to allow shop owners who sell autism-related products to opt out of the April 2011 fundraiser, has created a survey asking where funds should be donated, and has informed us that it will provide a survey next year....

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Autistic Community Concerned about Robert MacNeil’s Upcoming PBS Special

Concerns about Upcoming PBS NewsHour Program: ASAN has released a statement expressing concern about next week's PBS NewsHour six-part special about the autism spectrum....

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