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ASAN Joins Letter Opposing Harmful Mental Health Bill

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has joined a letter led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights opposing legislation that would undermine protection and advocacy organizations for people with psychosocial disabilities, erode privacy protections, and increase institutionalization and coercive interventions. Although our mental health services system is...

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ASAN Joint Statement on the Death of Kayden Clarke

We, the undersigned disability and LGBT rights organizations, strongly condemn the police shooting of Kayden Clarke, an Autistic transgender man, in his home on February 4 in Mesa, Arizona. Clarke, who identified as having Asperger’s Syndrome – a diagnosis on the autism spectrum – was killed by police who...

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ASAN, Disability Rights Ohio, and National Federation of the Blind Win Landmark Department of Labor Decision Against Sheltered Workshop

In a groundbreaking opinion issued yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor found that a sheltered workshop in Ohio had violated federal minimum wage laws by underpaying three of its workers with disabilities, including one autistic man. The opinion followed a petition that Autistic Self Advocacy Network filed along with...

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The Right to Make Choices: New Resource on Supported Decision-Making

Are you a person with a disability? Do you have a right to make choices in your life? Are you under guardianship? Does your guardian make choices for you that you don’t want? Do you have the supports that you need to make decisions about where to live, what...

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network Joins Disability Rights Amicus Brief Opposing Physician-Assisted Suicide in New York

On Wednesday January 6, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network joined Not Dead Yet and nine other disability rights organizations in filing a friend-of-the-court brief opposing physician-assisted suicide in New York. The brief, filed in a New York appeals court, supports a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit that sought...

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Segregated Farmsteads in Arizona Aren’t “Community-Based”

Yesterday, ASAN wrote a letter to Arizona’s Medicaid agency urging it not to classify segregated “farmsteads” as community-based settings. Unlike traditional farms, autism-specific farmsteads are segregated, disability-specific settings where people work for less than minimum wage, and where people have few or no opportunities to work side by side...

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Announcing the ASAN Autistic Scholars Fellowship

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is very pleased to announce the beginning of a new college scholarship program for autistic students, the Autistic Scholars Fellowship. The ASAN Autistic Scholars Fellowship program, a new ASAN project to advance campus...

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ASAN Praises Senators Grassley, Wyden and Casey for introducing the Transition to Independence Act, S. 1604

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Robert Casey (D-PA) for the introduction of the Transition to Independence Act (S.1604). This legislation will create a ten-state demonstration program, within which states will receive bonus payments from the federal government for achieving increases...

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CPSD: Wisconsin Long-Term Care Letter

This letter is available as a PDF here. Senator Darling Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair State Capitol, Room 317 East Madison, WI 53707 Representative Nygren Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair State Capitol, Room 309 East Madison, WI 53708 Dear Sen. Darling, Rep. Nygren, and members of the Joint Finance Committee; On...

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We Wrote It – Now It’s The Law!

This month, Maryland became the first state in the United States to enact the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s model law banning disability-based discrimination in organ transplantation. Maryland will be the third state to have an organ transplant anti-discrimination law, joining New Jersey and California. This victory is the result...

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