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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.

Fact Sheet: Cafe Press and Autism Speaks

Cafe Press and Autism Speaks: ASAN has compiled a fact sheet on Cafe Press' controversial decision to donate 10% of all sales of autism-related products to Autism Speaks, without giving its vendors the choice to opt out....

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Autism Acceptance Day

ASAN staffer Paula C. Durbin-Westby and ASAN Board Member Melanie Yergeau gave an interview in which they explained why it's important to start off April with an acceptance message. Understanding and acceptance are vital to bringing about a world in which Autistic citizens are equal members of society....

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ASAN Calls on Sharron Angle to Apologize for Damaging Remarks

ASAN has issued a statement expressing concern about uninformed remarks on autism and insurance coverage made by the campaign of US Senate candidate Sharron Angle....

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Autism Speaks Controversy in Time.com

ASAN’s ongoing protests against Autism Speaks and condemnation of the “I Am Autism” video were discussed in a Time.com article, which also mentioned the numerous parodies and video responses created by the self-advocate community....

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TV Coverage of DC Protest

ASAN’s protest against Autism Speaks in Washington DC on October 31, 2009, received local media coverage that included a WAMU news story and an article in The Hilltop Online....

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Letter to the Sponsors, Donors and Supporters of Autism Speaks

Disability Coalition Calls on Sponsors to End Support for Autism Speaks: Over 60 disability rights organizations sent a joint letter to Autism Speaks' sponsors, stating that the use of fear, stigma, misinformation and prejudice against Autistic people as a fundraising tool does real damage to people with disabilities everywhere....

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Disability Community Condemns Autism Speaks

Joint Letter to be Released: More than 60 national, international, and local disability rights organizations have signed onto a letter condemning the organization Autism Speaks for exploiting those it purports to help....

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New Scientist and Education Week Articles

ASAN President Ari Ne’eman and ASAN’s cross-disability campaign against Autism Speaks and its “I Am Autism” video were featured in articles that ran in New Scientist Magazine and on the Special Education Blog of Education Week. The New Scientist article was also syndicated in Australia by World News Australia of the Australian Special Broadcasting...

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Lead Story on Portland TV Station

Following ASAN-Oregon’s protest against Autism Speaks on Saturday, Sept. 26th, 2009, an interview with ASAN-Oregon activist Elesia Ashkenazy was the lead story on the evening news on Portland TV station KOIN-6....

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Reports on Portland Protest

ASAN’s Portland, Oregon chapter organized a protest of an Autism Speaks fundraising walk on Saturday, Sept. 26th, 2009. Watch video from Oregon TV station KPTV-12 and watch video from TV station KOIN-6....

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