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ASAN Day of Mourning on March 1st

Dear friends, Last year, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, along with Not Dead Yet and the National Council on Independent Living, held a Day of Mourning for people with disabilities killed by their relatives and caregivers. Day of Mourning began as a response to the murder of George Hodgins, a...

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ASAN Expresses Deep Concern over Scarborough Remarks Suggesting Aurora Shooter on the Autism Spectrum

National Autistic Advocacy Organization Urges MSNBC Host to retract unfounded comments Washington, DC – July 23, 2012 – The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the leading national advocacy organization run by and for adults on the autism spectrum, issued a statement today expressing concern and disappointment regarding comments by MSNBC...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 7

by Shain Neumeier The medical malpractice case over the use of electric shock and restraints on Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center in 2002 went to the jury on Monday, 23 April. Even without any further witness testimony, however, the jury was only able to deliberate for 30 minutes,...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 6

by Shain Neumeier Witness testimony in the medical malpractice trial over the use of electric shock and restraint on Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center concluded on Friday, 20 April, with the examinations of JRC founder Dr. Matthew Israel and defense expert witness Dr. Lloyd Price.  Before the...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 5

by Shain Neumeier The case for the defense in the trial over the (alleged mis)use of electric shock and restraint on Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center continued on Wednesday, 18 April 2012.  After Dr. James Riley’s testimony concluded, his attorney, Edward Hinchey, called Dr. Carol Ball, a...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 3

by Shain Neumeier The trial over the restraint and electric shock of Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center continued for a full day on 13 April, and included the conclusion of the plaintiff’s case alleging medical malpractice and the beginning of the defendants’ case to refute this claim. ...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part Two

by Shain Neumeier The medical malpractice case against the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) continued on Thursday with the continued cross-examination of the McCollins family’s expert witness, psychiatrist Dr. Marc Whaley.  Edward Hinchey, the attorney representing JRC employee Dr. James Riley, was questioning the witness for most of the day,...

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The Debate About Euthanasia

by Lateef H McLeod on DisabilityRightNow Recently there has been a resurgence of debate of whether or not euthanasia is a viable ethical option for people with disabilities. Proponents of euthanasia stress that since all Americans have the right to life and have the authority of how to end...

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Killing Words

by Zoe Gross Let me present to you a sequence of events. On March 6th, a 22-year-old autistic man named George Hodgins was murdered in Sunnyvale, California. His mother, Elizabeth, pulled out a gun, shot him point-blank, and then killed herself. In the following days and weeks, journalists wrote...

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ASAN Statement on the Exclusion of Tyler Long’s Autism Spectrum Diagnosis from the Documentary Bully

Over the course of the last several years, growing public attention to issues of bullying – driven in part by the tragic suicides of a number of students subject to bullying and harassment in schools – have helped to drive greater focus by policymakers, educators and the public to...

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