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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.

Statement regarding the murder of Daryne Gailey

On Thursday, December 11th, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement regarding the murder of Daryne Gailey.   On November 22nd, Daryne Gailey, age 29, and his seven-month-old daughter Charley Hendrick were murdered by Daryne’s mother, S. Majewska. Daryne was cognitively disabled. He and his daughter left behind...

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Statement on the Murder of London McCabe

On Tuesday, November 4th, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement regarding the murder of London McCabe. Last night, six-year-old London McCabe was thrown from a bridge by his mother. His body was found hours later. London was autistic. Our community mourns someone we lost before he had...

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ASAN Statement On The Sentencing Of K. Stapleton

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement on Wednesday, October 8th, regarding the sentencing of K. Stapleton. K. Stapleton, having pled guilty to charges of first-degree child abuse, has been sentenced to 10-22 years in prison after poisoning her autistic daughter, Issy, in an attempt to end her...

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ASAN, Disability Community Statement on Sentencing of Kelli Stapleton

Statement by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, American Association of People with Disabilities, Arc of Michigan, Autism Women’s Network, National Council on Independent Living, Not Dead Yet, and TASH on the Sentencing of Kelli Stapleton   The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), the nation’s leading advocacy organization run by...

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ASAN Statement On Dr. Phil Episode Featuring K. Stapleton

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement on Friday, September 19th, condemning Dr. Phil for recent segments featuring Kelli Stapleton. Stapleton is currently standing trial and has pled guilty to the charge of first-degree child abuse for the attempted murder of her autistic daughter, Issy Stapleton, age 14....

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“Prisoners of the Apparatus”: The Judge Rotenberg Center

By Quentin Davies The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts, has long been criticized for its treatment of disabled children and adults. It has been condemned by the current and previous United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Torture, many disability rights groups, current Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, and an FDA...

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ASAN Statement on Abuse of the Land Twins and recent Washington Post coverage

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is deeply concerned by both the recent case of abuse in Rockville, Maryland and the Washington Post’s reprehensible article calling the abuse of autistic adults the “least bad” decision for families. For the last six years, the children of Janice and John Land allegedly...

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Written Comment to the Food and Drug Administration on the Banning of Electrical Aversive Conditioning Devices

ASAN submitted written comment to the Food and Drug Administration, strongly urging the FDA to ban the use of electric  aversive conditioning devices. These comments are available here....

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A Horrifying Trend: ASAN Statement on the Murders of Randle Barrow & Mickey Liposchok

On Monday, December 23rd, ASAN issued a statement regarding the recent murders of Randle Barrow and Mickey Liposchok. Sunday, December 15th the body of 8-year-old Randle Barrow was found in Alabama, drowned by his mother who later killed herself. Nearly 700 miles away in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Mickey Liposchok,...

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ASAN Condemns Media Coverage of the Attempted Murder of Issy Stapleton

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement on Monday, October 14th, expressing dismay at the media coverage of the attempted murder of Issy Stapleton, age 14. Both local and national media coverage of Issy’s attempted murder have emphasized her mother’s alleged stress, the “burden” of Issy’s disability, and...

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