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Disability Community Celebrates Guardianship Decision For Adult Woman With Down Syndrome

Guardianship request by estranged parents denied; disabled woman granted right to self-determination and citizenship The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement today expressing full support and celebration at the decision handed down by the court today granting Jenny Hatch full legal control over her own life. Jenny Hatch,...

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ASAN Congratulates 2013 Champions of Change

Today at the White House, the disability community came together to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the celebration, 8 Champions of Change, representing the next generation of leaders in the Disability Rights movement, were named and honored. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is...

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Freddie Mac Seeks Autistic Interns

Freddie Mac, a leading mortgage finance company, is partnering with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to fill four paid internship opportunities. The ASAN-Freddie Mac Internship Program is an opportunity for recent graduates and current students on the autism spectrum to gain work experience and enter the workforce of a...

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ASAN Releases Policy Brief on Organ Transplant Discrimination

Twenty-three years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities continue to face persistent and ongoing discrimination and lack of access in health care settings. In response to numerous reports of discriminatory practices adversely impacting people with disabilities, ASAN has produced an analysis on discrimination...

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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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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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ASAN Statement on Fein Study on Autism and “Recovery”

Recently, an article argued that some Autistic children reach what they call the “optimal outcome” of moving out of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study greatly concerns ASAN, both in terms of its inherent scientific limitations and the dangerous values framework behind it. Adults who clearly met criteria for...

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ASAN is Now Accepting Applications for the 2013 Summer Leadership Academy

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is excited to announce the Autism Campus Inclusion project is now seeking applications for its 2013 Summer Leadership Academy. The training will take place in Washington, DC, June 9 to June 15, 2013. All expenses for the training are covered by the Autistic Self...

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ASAN Thanks a Visionary Leader for Four Years of Trailblazing

On Wednesday, January 9th, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis submitted her resignation to President Obama. She was initially confirmed as Secretary of Labor in February of 2009. According to NPR, Solis said of her resignation, “Growing up in a large Mexican-American family in La Puente, California, I never imagined...

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NDLA Letter to the Vice President’s Task Force to Curb Gun Violence

Dear Vice President Biden: On behalf of the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) and allied organizations, we write to communicate certain recommendations and concerns from the cross-disability community for consideration in your task force’s efforts to curb gun violence. NDLA is a coalition of 14 leading national disability organizations...

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