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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.

ASAN Statement on the Murder of Jaelen and Faith Edge

On Saturday, September 14th, Marilyn Edge murdered her son Jaelen, and her daughter, Faith. Jaelen, age 13, was autistic. His mother left his body with that of his nine-year-old sister’s, only revealing the location of their bodies to authorities after multiple suicide attempts. Jaelen and Faith join Issy Stapelton,...

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ASAN Statement on the Attempted Murder of Issy Stapleton

The following statement was released by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network in response to the recent attempted murder of Issy Stapleton, an autistic teenager in Michigan. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is profoundly concerned by a growing trend in the media and on the part of certain autism groups...

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ASAN Commends US Department of Education on Dear Colleague Letter on Bullying Prevention

Below are comments from ASAN President Ari Ne’eman, delivered on August 20th, 2013 during a call with with stakeholders from the education and disability communities on the Department of Education’s new guidance on bullying prevention and IDEA. Presenters on the call included OSEP Director Melody Musgrove and White House...

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Disability Day of Mourning – Remember Lives Taken

Join Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Not Dead Yet, and the National Council on Independent Living in remembering people with disabilities who have lost their lives at the hands of their family members or caregivers. On March 1, 2013, we will remember those we have lost, and remind the world that...

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Letter to Food and Drug Administration on the Judge Rotenberg Center

Margaret Hamburg Commissioner 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20993 US Food and Drug Administration Dear Commissioner Hamburg: We, the undersigned representatives of the disability and human rights community, are writing to express our gratitude for your recent actions regarding the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts. It...

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ASAN Day of Mourning on March 1st

Dear friends, Last year, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, along with Not Dead Yet and the National Council on Independent Living, held a Day of Mourning for people with disabilities killed by their relatives and caregivers. Day of Mourning began as a response to the murder of George Hodgins, a...

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APRAIS Drafts Letter on Funding for the Judge Rotenberg Center

The Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions, and Seclusions (APRAIS), in collaboration with ASAN and other disability advocacy organizations, has drafted the following letter to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, as well as the Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services and Medicare and Medicaid Services.  As...

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Autistic Self Advocates and Allies Campaign for Electric Shock Ban

by Shain Neumeier   Wednesday, June 20, Autistic self-advocates Kevin Barrett and Shain Neumeier went to the Massachusetts State House with fellow aversives opponents Cheryl McCollins and Gregory Miller in order to convey ASAN’s support for Massachusetts Senate Budget Amendment #548, which would impose a statewide ban on the...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 7

by Shain Neumeier The medical malpractice case over the use of electric shock and restraints on Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center in 2002 went to the jury on Monday, 23 April. Even without any further witness testimony, however, the jury was only able to deliberate for 30 minutes,...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 6

by Shain Neumeier Witness testimony in the medical malpractice trial over the use of electric shock and restraint on Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center concluded on Friday, 20 April, with the examinations of JRC founder Dr. Matthew Israel and defense expert witness Dr. Lloyd Price.  Before the...

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