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A voice for all: Why I’m fighting to help Autistic students access the form of communication that works best for them.

This March, I filed a complaint with the Department of Justice on behalf of five non-speaking autistic students in Arlington, VA who use letter-boards to communicate (or, as one of these students has dubbed them, the “Arlington Five”). These students are only a few of the many non-speaking autistic...

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ASAN Celebrates Dismissal of All Charges Against Kayleb Moon Robinson

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is pleased that the Commonwealth of Virginia has dismissed all charges against Autistic middle school student Kayleb Moon-Robinson. Last year, when he was in sixth grade, Kayleb was wrongfully arrested and faced with criminal charges for walking into the school hallway and struggling when...

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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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#NoModernAsylums: ASAN Statement Condemning NYTimes Op-Ed Supporting Institutionalization

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is appalled by Christine Montross’s February 18th op-ed in the New York Times promoting a return to mental institutions. Montross’s op-ed is part of a dangerous agenda to send people with disabilities back to institutions. She cites cases of intense support needs and behavioral difficulties...

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ASAN Applauds Congressional Letter Urging Self-Advocate Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds letter from Congressional champions urging increased representation of autistic adults in Autism CARES Act funded programs. WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauded five leading congressional champions for autism services this morning for authoring a letter sent yesterday to the Department...

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ASAN Letter Expressing Concern re: House Subcommittee Hearing on Autism

Dear Chairman Mica and Ranking Member Connolly: On behalf of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the nation’s leading advocacy organization run by and for autistic people, I write to express concern about the upcoming May 20th, 2014 Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing entitled “Examining the Federal Response to Autism...

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ASAN Commends US Department of Education on Dear Colleague Letter on Bullying Prevention

Below are comments from ASAN President Ari Ne’eman, delivered on August 20th, 2013 during a call with with stakeholders from the education and disability communities on the Department of Education’s new guidance on bullying prevention and IDEA. Presenters on the call included OSEP Director Melody Musgrove and White House...

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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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Autism Acceptance, Flowering

by Meg Evans After a long chilly winter in the northern United States, springtime finally made its appearance, as the weather turned much warmer this week. Flowers are opening, birds are chirping, and a pleasant breeze is blowing in through the open windows. This past winter’s snow and howling...

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