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Category Archives: Therapies and Health Care

Health care disparities need to be remedied and beneficial therapies made more widely available; however, the use of scientifically unproven treatments and those that focus on normalization should be discouraged. Other category archives, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

ASAN Statement On Presidential Budget

ASAN strongly condemns the deep cuts that the President’s proposed budget would make to Medicaid, Social Security, and other critical programs for people with disabilities. The President’s proposal would deprive countless Americans with disabilities of critical health care and community-based supports. It would jeopardize our very lives and result...

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#ProtectOurCare Postcard Center

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been asking you to get involved in our fight to defend health care. Your advocacy has been amazing – you’ve called your Members of Congress, attended town halls, and taken to social media to stand up for your right to access health care....

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ACTION ALERT: Your Members of Congress are home – tell them what you think!

In the next two weeks, you have a chance to make a difference for the disability community. Your Members of Congress are back in their home states and districts until next Friday, April 21st. This is a crucial time to remind them that the disability community is still watching....

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ACTION ALERT: the clock is ticking to save the Affordable Care Act!

Dear friends, Congress is trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act THIS MONTH – and we need your help to stop them. Contact your Members of Congress and tell them to vote NO on ACA repeal. We asked Congress to show us their plan for replacement. They finally did,...

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ASAN Opposes Seema Verma for CMS

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network calls on Congress to reject the nomination of Seema Verma, a longtime proponent of harmful health care policies, as Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Verma’s previous career as a consultant for State Medicaid programs raises serious concerns about her ability...

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ASAN, Other Advocates Launch Modern Medicaid Alliance

New Initiative Highlights Benefits, Stories, and Innovations of Program Washington, D.C. – Despite the enormous societal and economic benefits offered by the modern Medicaid program, a lack of dialogue about the true value of the program drives misperceptions relating to it and puts policymaker support for it increasingly at...

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ACTION ALERT: Call Congress to End Organ Transplant Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

Dear friends, People with disabilities have a right under the ADA to receive equitable and non-discriminatory treatment by medical professionals. Yet, for years, children and adults with developmental disabilities have been discriminated against by the organ transplant system – despite the fact that their disabilities had no bearing on...

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ASAN Praises Pennsylvania House Bill That Would Ban Disability Discrimination in Organ Transplants

ASAN applauds the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for passing House Bill No. 585, which would ban disability discrimination in organ transplants in the state. The bill would ensure that no person would be deemed ineligible to receive an organ solely because of a physical or mental disability, except to...

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Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, LGBT Groups Release Statement on Needs of Trans Autistic People

Today, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the National Center for Transgender Equality released a joint statement about the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming autistic people and launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #AutisticTransPride to highlight transgender autistic voices and leadership. Earlier...

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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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