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The neurodiversity movement represents the disability rights perspective within the Autistic community. Other category archives, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

ASAN Releases New Toolkit on Getting Through to Your Elected Officials

Right now, many people are getting involved in political advocacy for the first time. People are going to town hall meetings and making phone calls to their members of Congress. They’re writing letters and using social media to organize advocacy groups. This new wave of political advocacy is incredible....

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Find your local Day of Mourning vigil site

In the past five years, over four hundred people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents, relatives or caregivers. On Wednesday, March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember these disabled victims of filicide – disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers....

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ASAN Announces Release of New Plain Language Guide to Voting Rights for People With Disabilities

With two weeks left before Election Day, ASAN is pleased to announce the release of a new plain language voting rights guide for people with intellectual, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities. ASAN developed the guide in coalition with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the National Disability Rights Network,...

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ASAN Praises Pennsylvania House Bill That Would Ban Disability Discrimination in Organ Transplants

ASAN applauds the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for passing House Bill No. 585, which would ban disability discrimination in organ transplants in the state. The bill would ensure that no person would be deemed ineligible to receive an organ solely because of a physical or mental disability, except to...

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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...

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Building an Inclusive Rights Agenda for Autistic Adults: Joint Statement from ASAN and the Republic of Malta

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITY AND ACTIVE AGEING Building an Inclusive Rights Agenda for Autistic Adults: COSP9 side event held by the Government of Malta in collaboration with Autistic Self Advocacy Network Malta, through the Parliamentary Secretariat for Rights of Persons...

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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...

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ASAN Celebrates Dismissal of All Charges Against Kayleb Moon Robinson

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is pleased that the Commonwealth of Virginia has dismissed all charges against Autistic middle school student Kayleb Moon-Robinson. Last year, when he was in sixth grade, Kayleb was wrongfully arrested and faced with criminal charges for walking into the school hallway and struggling when...

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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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