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Category Archives: Preventing Abuse and Bullying

Abusive and dangerous practices have found their way into some schools, and bullying is a persistent problem that can do significant damage to its victims. Other category archives, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

Trump’s new appointee: “I’ve got a cure for mental health – spank your children more”

Dear friends, Last week was a trying time for many who work for disability rights in America. Many of you share our deep concern with policy proposals put forward by the new President-elect, including deep cuts in the Medicaid funding that sustains the vast majority of supports to people...

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ASAN Comments on FDA’s Proposed Ban of Electric Shock Devices

This letter is available as a PDF here and in the embedded issuu reader here. Leslie Kux Associate Commissioner for Policy Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 Re: Docket Number FDA-2016-N-1111, Proposal to Ban Electrical Stimulation Devices Used...

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ACTION ALERT:  Tell the FDA: Ban Electric Shock Torture of People with Disabilities

On April 22, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule to ban the use of electrical shock devices such as those used at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts. ASAN has issued a statement with more information here. The FDA is currently taking public comments...

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Statement on FDA Proposed Rule Banning Use of Electric Shock Devices

On April 22, 2016, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued the following statement on the proposed FDA rule to ban the use of electric shock devices such as those used at the Judge Rotenberg Center. Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule to ban...

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ASAN Calls for Justice in Marcus Abrams Case

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network calls for both justice in the Marcus Abrams case and changes in the ways autistic people and other people with disabilities are treated by police.  Recently in Minnesota, St. Paul Metro Transit police allegedly assaulted autistic teen Marcus Abrams. Abrams’ family told press that...

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ASAN Praises ED Letter Urging Schools to Look Beyond ABA

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for their July 6th Dear Colleague letter to states expressing concern that schools may be inappropriately limiting services offered to autistic children to those offered by Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapists. “Some IDEA...

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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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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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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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