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ASAN Files ADA Complaint on Communication Access in Schools

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA– As part of its new communication rights initiative, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has filed a groundbreaking complaint with the Department of Justice, seeking communication supports for five non-speaking autistic students in Arlington, Virginia. The Arlington Public Schools system (APS) has repeatedly denied these students’ requests to...

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ASAN, Disability Rights Ohio, and National Federation of the Blind Win Landmark Department of Labor Decision Against Sheltered Workshop

In a groundbreaking opinion issued yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor found that a sheltered workshop in Ohio had violated federal minimum wage laws by underpaying three of its workers with disabilities, including one autistic man. The opinion followed a petition that Autistic Self Advocacy Network filed along with...

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ASAN And Ohio Advocates File Complaint On Behalf Of Sheltered Workshop Employees

COLUMBUS, OHIO – After working for an average of $2.50 an hour for more than three years, three Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) clients are asking for fair pay from Seneca Re-Ads, a sheltered workshop run by the County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Seneca County. The employees’ work duties...

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ASAN Praises Senators Grassley, Wyden and Casey for introducing the Transition to Independence Act, S. 1604

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Robert Casey (D-PA) for the introduction of the Transition to Independence Act (S.1604). This legislation will create a ten-state demonstration program, within which states will receive bonus payments from the federal government for achieving increases...

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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 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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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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Autistics Speaking Day 2012: Reclaiming Voice

by Ari Ne’eman Holidays are funny things – they come around once a year, and remind us of feelings and ideas that we shouldn’t have ever let ourselves forget. Whether it’s Thanksgiving gratitude or July 4th patriotism, we turn to holidays not because the day itself matters, but because...

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ASAN Calls for Swift Passage of Keeping All Students Safe Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Crucial Legislation Will Limit the Use of Restraints in Schools This past December, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) proposed S. 2020, the Keeping Students Safe Act, in response to widespread reporting of injuries and deaths of disabled students due to the use of restraints. This morning, the...

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