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January 2013 Newsletter

Message to the Community Ring out the old, bring in the new. 2012 came and went in a flash. We here at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network are excited at the prospect of a new year. 2012 came and went in a flash: vigils, our first Autism Campus Inclusion summer...

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ASAN is Now Accepting Applications for the 2013 Summer Leadership Academy

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is excited to announce the Autism Campus Inclusion project is now seeking applications for its 2013 Summer Leadership Academy. The training will take place in Washington, DC, June 9 to June 15, 2013. All expenses for the training are covered by the Autistic Self...

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USA Today Writes About Disability Without Disabled People (Again)

by Ari Ne’eman, ASAN President Last May, I and other advocates crashed a party – a twitter party, to be exact. USA Today had put together a live twitter chat with the nation’s “top experts” on autism – a group that notably excluded any actual Autistic people. Unimpressed, the...

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It’s Here! Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking on Amazon!

It’s here! A little less than a year since we started, the Loud Hands Project is proud to unveil our first anthology: Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking, now available on Amazon. This is an exciting time for the Loud Hands Project, and we want to share it with you....

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Update on November 29 Autism Hearing

Today, November 29th, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on autism. ASAN has closely followed the news and information leading up to this hearing, and we have kept our supporters and members informed. Last week, we expressed our concern that the hearing initially excluded...

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Thank You! Congress Got the Message: Nothing About Us, Without Us!

On November 29th, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will be holding a hearing on autism. Invited witnesses include people from government agencies, parent autism advocacy organizations, AND Autistic self-advocacy organizations. We are pleased to report that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform staff have...

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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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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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Dear well-meaning strangers

from Lydia Brown, at Autistic Hoya Dear well-meaning strangers, During this month, you will be bombarded with public service announcements, billboards, letters, emails, graphics, and all manner of multimedia about “autism awareness.” Here’s a revolutionary idea. Every time you see or hear something that says something about April being...

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