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Category Archives: Community Services and Supports

Community services and supports, with adequate public funding, are vital to enabling people with disabilities to participate in society. Other category archives, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

ASAN, Other Advocates Launch Modern Medicaid Alliance

New Initiative Highlights Benefits, Stories, and Innovations of Program Washington, D.C. – Despite the enormous societal and economic benefits offered by the modern Medicaid program, a lack of dialogue about the true value of the program drives misperceptions relating to it and puts policymaker support for it increasingly at...

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Statement on the Institutionalization of Arnaldo Rios-Soto

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) strongly condemns the institutionalization of Arnaldo Rios-Soto, an Autistic Latino young man, in Carlton Palms – a facility with a long history of abuse. Rios-Soto had witnessed North Miami police shoot and injure his therapist, Charles Kinsey, and had been restrained by police for...

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ASAN Files ADA Complaint on Communication Access in Schools

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA– As part of its new communication rights initiative, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has filed a groundbreaking complaint with the Department of Justice, seeking communication supports for five non-speaking autistic students in Arlington, Virginia. The Arlington Public Schools system (APS) has repeatedly denied these students’ requests to...

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ASAN Joins Letter Opposing Harmful Mental Health Bill

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has joined a letter led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights opposing legislation that would undermine protection and advocacy organizations for people with psychosocial disabilities, erode privacy protections, and increase institutionalization and coercive interventions. Although our mental health services system is...

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ASAN Praises Clinton Campaign for Autism Policy Statement, Calls on Other Campaigns to Follow

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement today in response to Hillary Clinton’s issuing of an Autism Policy Statement for her Presidential campaign: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds Secretary Clinton for issuing the 2016 Presidential Campaign’s first robust, comprehensive autism policy statement, including clear references to...

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Segregated Farmsteads in Arizona Aren’t “Community-Based”

Yesterday, ASAN wrote a letter to Arizona’s Medicaid agency urging it not to classify segregated “farmsteads” as community-based settings. Unlike traditional farms, autism-specific farmsteads are segregated, disability-specific settings where people work for less than minimum wage, and where people have few or no opportunities to work side by side...

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ASAN Releases New Resource On Medicaid Coverage for Autism Services

ASAN has released a new resource for its toolkit on health coverage for autism-related services. The resource, which is aimed at Medicaid plan administrators, will help plan administrators develop and expand coverage for autism services such as communication supports, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. ASAN released a resource on...

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Secretary Burwell Appoints ASAN Director of Public Policy Sam Crane to IACC

October 28, 2015 Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced its Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell’s appointment of ASAN Director of Public Policy Sam Crane to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). The IACC is a Federal advisory committee that coordinates research and services programs within the Department...

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ASAN Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the nation’s leading advocacy organization by and for autistic people ourselves, announced today its support for provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) that would help people with disabilities enter the workforce without risking total loss of social security benefits. ASAN opposes other provisions...

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Q&A: HCBS “Heightened Scrutiny” Regulation

This Q&A provides an overview of the requirements of 2014 federal regulations that any setting receiving Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) funding must have certain community qualities and not be institutional in nature. It also covers when a setting presumed to have institutional qualities may be approved to...

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