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ASAN seeks to ensure meaningful involvement of Autistic self-advocates in making policy at all levels. Other category archives, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

ASAN, Disability Rights Organizations Urge Changes to Combating Autism Act

On Monday, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network released a joint letter to Congress, signed by fourteen other organizations, urging changes to the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, H.R. 4631. June 2, 2014 Dear Chairman Pitts and Ranking Member Pallone: We, the undersigned organizations committed to advancing equality of opportunity for people...

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ASAN Statement Opposing House CAA Re-authorization Legislation H.R. 4631

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is deeply concerned by the recently introduced Combating Autism Re-authorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4631). H.R. 4631 fails to address many of the longstanding problems in the CAA, including the lack of funding and attention to research on services and the needs of adults,...

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Sign up for Summer Webinar Training Series!

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is gearing up for the summer and are excited to share upcoming webinars with you. These webinars are trainings for self advocate group leaders across the country. ...

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Disability Community Joint Letter on Combating Autism Act Re-authorization

Dear Senator Menendez, Rep. Smith and Rep. Doyle, We, the undersigned organizations committed to advancing equality of opportunity for people with disabilities, write with regard to the upcoming re-authorization of the Combating Autism Act (CAA). As you consider re-authorizing CAA, we urge you to incorporate the need for substantive...

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New ASAN resource on starting a nonprofit

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is proud to announce the release of a new technical assistance document Starting a Non-Profit is Like Having a Baby: 8 Questions Your Group Should Ask Before Starting a Non-Profit. Many self advocacy organizations want to become formalized non-profits recognized by the state and...

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#StopCombatingMe

Nine years ago, Congress passed the Combating Autism Act (CAA), legislation that focused federal autism research and policy activities on creating a world without autistic people. In 2011, Congress re-authorized this deeply flawed legislation, over the objections of self-advocates and our families. Now, with the CAA set to expire...

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Memorandum on CAA Re-Authorization

Memorandum on CAA Re-Authorization Date: January 26th, 2014 To: Members of Congress and relevant staff From: Ari Ne’eman, President, Autistic Self Advocacy Network Samantha Crane, Director of Public Policy, Autistic Self Advocacy Network   Subject: Upcoming Re-Authorization of the Combating Autism Act   This memorandum articulates the position of...

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Color Communication Badges

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is proud to announce the release of a new technical assistance document describing the use of color communication badges. Color Communication Badges are an accommodation to support social interaction for people with a variety of disabilities and communication needs. Color communication badges were first...

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ASAN and Not Dead Yet Testify Against Physician Assisted Suicide in Massachusetts

On December 17th, ASAN member Kate Ryan delivered the following testimony against H. 1998, legislation designed to legalize physician assisted suicide in the State of Massachusetts:   The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, ASAN, is against physician-assisted suicide and specifically, H 1998. We believe that both the practice and the bill...

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ASAN Ranked in Top 10 National Disability Non-Profits!

ASAN is thrilled to announce that we have been ranked sixth of all nonprofits advocating for people with disabilities in Philanthropedia’s 2013 national rankings....

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