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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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Statement on FDA Proposed Rule Banning Use of Electric Shock Devices

On April 22, 2016, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued the following statement on the proposed FDA rule to ban the use of electric shock devices such as those used at the Judge Rotenberg Center. Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule to ban...

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“Prisoners of the Apparatus”: The Judge Rotenberg Center

By Quentin Davies The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts, has long been criticized for its treatment of disabled children and adults. It has been condemned by the current and previous United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Torture, many disability rights groups, current Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, and an FDA...

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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 Expresses Deep Concern over Scarborough Remarks Suggesting Aurora Shooter on the Autism Spectrum

National Autistic Advocacy Organization Urges MSNBC Host to retract unfounded comments Washington, DC – July 23, 2012 – The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the leading national advocacy organization run by and for adults on the autism spectrum, issued a statement today expressing concern and disappointment regarding comments by MSNBC...

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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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Letter to ACLU on Wrongful Birth and Life Statements

As civil rights advocates, we are grateful for the ACLU's tireless work. However, we strongly feel that your defense of these suits fails to address issues that reach beyond reproductive choice and that profoundly affect people with disabilities....

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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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