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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 Statement on #JusticeForKayleb

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the conviction of Kayleb Moon-Robinson, a Black and autistic sixth-grader, for disorderly conduct and felony assault after kicking over a trash can at school and struggling to get away from a School Resource Officer. This was a minor incident which should have...

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ASAN Joined by Coalition Supporting MD Anti-Organ Transplant Discrimination Bill

You can download the coalition’s testimony as a PDF here. SB 792 Public Health – Nondiscrimination in Access to Anatomical Gifts and Organ Transplantation Senate Finance Committee March 18, 2015 Position: SUPPORT The Arc Maryland, Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS), Maryland DD Council, Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC),...

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On Our Backs, We Will Carry Them

Reflections on the 2015 Disability Day of Mourning From ASAN President Ari Ne’eman Memory is an important part of how we define our communities. When we think about the history of the disability rights movement, there are so many moments at which we stop and think to ourselves, “But...

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Joint Disability Letter in Support of NJ Transition Plan

Dear Deputy Commissioner Arye, Deputy Commissioner Apgar and Assistant Commissioner Shea: We write on behalf of a broad array of national and New Jersey organizations representing people with disabilities and civil liberties to express support for the State of New Jersey’s proposed statewide home and community-based settings transition plan....

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network Files Amicus Brief Challenging Discriminatory Denial of Health Care

On Monday January 26, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Not Dead Yet, and 13 other disability rights organizations filed a second amicus brief in a case defending the rights of people with disabilities to basic medical care. Disability Rights Wisconsin filed the initial lawsuit, Disability Rights Wisconsin v. University of...

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ASAN Praises the Pardon of Neli Latson

In response to today’s conditional pardon of Neli Latson by Virginia Governor Terry Mcauliffe, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement: We applaud Governor Mcauliffe for taking this important step to remove Neli Latson from an unjust and inappropriate prison sentence. Neli’s imprisonment, which included time spent...

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ASAN Condemns Maryland for Dropping Charges in Case of Autistic Men in Basement

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is outraged that the Maryland prosecutor’s office has dropped all charges against a couple that imprisoned their autistic sons in a filthy basement with no furniture or electricity. When the prosecutor’s office declined to pursue charges, they joined a pattern of treating violence against...

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ASAN Praises Congressional Passage of the ABLE Act

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network praised congressional passage of the ABLE Act today, issuing the following statement:   The recent passage of the ABLE Act and its forthcoming signature by the President will represent a significant step forward to building a meaningful pathway into the middle class for people...

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ASAN Statement on New Jersey Assisted Suicide Bill Hearing

Despite leading disability rights organizations’ long history of opposition to legalization of assisted suicide, the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee held a hearing yesterday on the state’s proposed assisted suicide bill without inviting any representatives of the disability community as witnesses. People with disabilities,...

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ASAN Applauds Congressional Letter Urging Self-Advocate Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds letter from Congressional champions urging increased representation of autistic adults in Autism CARES Act funded programs. WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauded five leading congressional champions for autism services this morning for authoring a letter sent yesterday to the Department...

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