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Trump’s new appointee: “I’ve got a cure for mental health – spank your children more”

Dear friends, Last week was a trying time for many who work for disability rights in America. Many of you share our deep concern with policy proposals put forward by the new President-elect, including deep cuts in the Medicaid funding that sustains the vast majority of supports to people...

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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 Urges Confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) urges the Senate to confirm Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court. This vacancy cannot be allowed to remain until the inauguration of the next president. We believe that the President’s nominee will fairly examine the...

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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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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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Secretary Burwell Appoints ASAN Director of Public Policy Sam Crane to IACC

October 28, 2015 Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced its Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell’s appointment of ASAN Director of Public Policy Sam Crane to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). The IACC is a Federal advisory committee that coordinates research and services programs within the Department...

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ASAN Unveils Resource on Medicaid Coverage for Autism-Related Services

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is proud to announce the release of a new resource for autistic people and our families on Medicaid coverage for autism-related services. These services can include developmental approaches regarding social communication, sensory integration, emotional regulation, and adaptive skills. Until now, much advocacy for coverage...

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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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ASAN Statement on New Jersey Assisted Suicide Bill Hearing

Despite leading disability rights organizations’ long history of opposition to legalization of assisted suicide, the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee held a hearing yesterday on the state’s proposed assisted suicide bill without inviting any representatives of the disability community as witnesses. People with disabilities,...

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ASAN Comment on California’s HCBS Transition Plan

Department of Health Care Services Long-Term Care Division, STP comments 1501 Capitol Avenue, MS 4503 PO Box 997437 Sacramento, CA 95899-7437 VIA EMAIL: STP@dhcs.ca.gov   Dear Sir or Madam: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) appreciates the opportunity to submit the following comments on California’s statewide home and community-based...

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