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ASAN Opposes Seema Verma for CMS

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network calls on Congress to reject the nomination of Seema Verma, a longtime proponent of harmful health care policies, as Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Verma’s previous career as a consultant for State Medicaid programs raises serious concerns about her ability...

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Statement on the Sentencing of Alex Spourdalakis’ Murderers

Alex Spourdalakis, a 14-year-old autistic boy living in River Grove, Illinois, was murdered by his mother and godmother in June of 2013. After trying and failing to poison him with an overdose of medication, they stabbed him in the chest repeatedly before slitting his wrists. This murder was premeditated...

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ASAN Statement on Proposed Nomination of Jeff Sessions

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network condemns the proposed nomination of Senator Jefferson Sessions III, a staunch opponent of civil liberties, as United States Attorney General. The Attorney General oversees the Department of Justice. This agency’s work could not be more vital to the disability community. The Department of Justice...

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ASAN Supports and Calls for Immediate Committee Hearing on H.R. 2302

In the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and others at the hands of law enforcement officers, ASAN announces its support for H.R. 2302, the Police Training and Independent Review Act. The bill would make certain federal funding of state law enforcement agencies contingent upon the...

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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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Statement on Shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino

On Wednesday, December 2nd, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement regarding the shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California: Earlier today, a shooting occurred in San Bernardino, California at the Inland Regional Center, one of California’s non-profit Regional Centers tasked with managing services for...

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Disability Orgs Call on President to Include Workers with Disabilities in Executive Order

This morning, the Collaboration for the Promotion of Self Determination, a coalition of twenty one progressive disability rights groups on whose board the Autistic Self Advocacy Network serves, sent the following letter to the White House and the Department of Labor. CPSD’s members werealso joined by a number of broader...

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