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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.

We Wrote It – Now It’s The Law!

This month, Maryland became the first state in the United States to enact the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s model law banning disability-based discrimination in organ transplantation. Maryland will be the third state to have an organ transplant anti-discrimination law, joining New Jersey and California. This victory is the result...

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Statement on CDC Autism Monitoring Efforts

On April 22nd, 2015, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement regarding the CDC’s recent announcement as to the expansion of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM). The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is concerned that the recently announced expansion of data collection and surveillance by...

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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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2015 Day of Mourning Vigil Sites

In the past five years, over seventy people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents. These acts are horrific enough on their own. But they exist in the context of a larger pattern. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due...

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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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ACI 2015 Applications are Now Open

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2015 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy! The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic students to create systems change on their college campuses. Accepted applicants will travel to Washington, DC and participate in advocacy training from May 30...

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