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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.

Take Action: Labor Rights Are Disability Rights

Labor Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the first Monday in September every year. For many people, Labor Day means a day off from work and school, barbecues, and maybe a neighborhood parade – but the true meaning of the holiday might not be at...

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ASAN Calls for Justice in Troy Canales Police Brutality Case

Last November, NYPD officers allegedly physically assaulted a black autistic teenager, throwing him face-down to the sidewalk outside his home, punching him in the face, and then taking him to the station-house to interrogate him before finally releasing him without charges. According to his attorneys, Troy Canales was stopped...

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Justice for All: Improving Employment Programs for Workers with Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, July 20, 2015     Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a coalition of organizations including the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, TASH, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Association of People Supporting Employment First, the Service Employees International Union...

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Statement on the Murder of Nicholas Richett

On Friday, June 19th, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement regarding the murder of Nicholas Richett. On Friday, June 12th, police in Melvindale, Michigan found the bodies of Nicholas Richett, a 20-year-old autistic man, and his father. Nicholas was murdered by his father. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network...

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ASAN, Disability Rights Organizations Call for Ban on Electric Skin Shock Devices

This press release is available as a Word document and in PDF format. Today, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), joined by over 60 disability advocacy organizations, called on the FDA to ban the use of contingent electric shock devices to modify the behavior of children and adults with...

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ASAN Letter to FDA Calling for Ban on Electric Skin Shock Devices

This letter is available as a Word document and in PDF format. June 4, 2015 Dr. Stephen Ostroff Commissioner U.S. Food and Drug Administration Re: Docket No. FDA-2014-N-0238 Dear Commissioner Ostroff, We are writing to urge the FDA to act on the recommendations of the Neurological Devices Panel of...

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ASAN Statement on Sentencing in Jude Mirra’s Murder

This statement is available as a Word document and in PDF format. Last week, eight-year-old Jude Mirra’s mother, Gigi Jordan, was sentenced to eighteen years in prison for killing her autistic son after a jury found her guilty of manslaughter last fall. Jude was murdered over five years ago...

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ASAN Statement On JRC At Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the Association for Behavior Analysis International for their decision to feature the Judge Rotenberg Center at their 2015 annual conference. The Judge Rotenberg Center, which uses contingent electric shock to modify the behavior of disabled students and has been condemned by the...

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ASAN Calls For Autism Air Carrier Guidance From Department Of Transportation

(Letter to Secretary Foxx, PDF) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20 May 2015 Media Contact: Samantha Crane, Esq. Legal Director & Director of Public Policy Autistic Self Advocacy Network scrane@autisticadvocacy.org (202) 509-0135 WASHINGTON – In the wake of a recent case of apparent discrimination against an autistic airline passenger, the Autistic...

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CPSD: Wisconsin Long-Term Care Letter

This letter is available as a PDF here. Senator Darling Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair State Capitol, Room 317 East Madison, WI 53707 Representative Nygren Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair State Capitol, Room 309 East Madison, WI 53708 Dear Sen. Darling, Rep. Nygren, and members of the Joint Finance Committee; On...

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