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ASAN Announces Release of New Plain Language Guide to Voting Rights for People With Disabilities

With two weeks left before Election Day, ASAN is pleased to announce the release of a new plain language voting rights guide for people with intellectual, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities. ASAN developed the guide in coalition with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the National Disability Rights Network,...

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Statement on Autism Speaks Board Appointments

On December 7, 2015, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued the following statement regarding Autism Speaks’ recent appointment of two Autistic people to its Board of Directors. On December 7, after 10 years of widespread criticism, Autism Speaks announced the appointment of two Autistic people to its Board...

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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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ACI 2015 Applications are Now Open

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2015 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy! The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic students to create systems change on their college campuses. Accepted applicants will travel to Washington, DC and participate in advocacy training from May 30...

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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 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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Community Concerns Regarding the Google-Autism Speaks Ten Thousand Genomes Program (AUT10K)

In response to the recent announcement of the new Google-Autism Speaks collaboration to produce, expand and analyze the world’s largest private collection of DNA samples of autistic children and adults, many in the autistic community have expressed significant concerns regarding the initiative. The program, entitled the Autism Speaks Ten...

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ASAN Statement on Autism CARES Act

In response to this week’s introduction of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act of 2014 (S.2449) and the markup of H.R. 4631, the House equivalent, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network has issued the following statement: ASAN is pleased to note that both the Senate and...

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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-AAC Statement on Autism Speaks’ DC “Policy Summit”

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), the leading national advocacy organization run by and for Autistic people speaking for ourselves, and the Association for Autistic Community (AAC), an Autistic-run organization focusing on advancing Autistic community and culture, issued the following statement on November 12th, 2013 regarding Autism Speaks’ “Autism...

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