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ASAN Praises Clinton Campaign for Autism Policy Statement, Calls on Other Campaigns to Follow

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement today in response to Hillary Clinton’s issuing of an Autism Policy Statement for her Presidential campaign:
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds Secretary Clinton for issuing the 2016 Presidential Campaign’s first robust, comprehensive autism policy statement, including clear references to expanding services to autistic adults, investing new funds in rights protection and endorsing specific policy proposals on ending restraint and seclusion in public schools and expanding integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities. We call upon other Presidential campaigns to follow suit to match or exceed Secretary Clinton’s commitments to the autistic community. 
In particular, ASAN notes the following components of the Clinton Campaign’s Autism Plan: 
  • A commitment to autistic adult issues, including authorizing the first ever CDC adult autism prevalence study, a new public private partnership to expand employment opportunities for autistic adults and endorsement of the Transition to Independence Act
  • Strong enforcement of relevant federal disability rights laws, including the Mental Health Parity Act and the Supreme Court’s landmark 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision;
  • Expanded funding for Developmental Disability Act programs, including Title II Family Support, Title III Direct Support Workforce Programs and the creation of a new Autism Protection and Advocacy Program.
  • Protecting the educational rights of students with disabilities through passage of the Keeping All Students Safe Act, enforcement of IDEA’s Child Find obligations to address racial, gender and income disparities in autism identification and leveraging IDEA to prevent bullying from keeping students with disabilities from the general education classroom.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network does not endorse political candidates. We are glad to provide technical assistance on autism and disability policy to any candidate, campaign or party that requests it. We will be reaching out to other major candidates urging them to issue autism and disability platforms shortly.

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