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ASAN Praises the Pardon of Neli Latson

In response to today’s conditional pardon of Neli Latson by Virginia Governor Terry Mcauliffe, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement: We applaud Governor Mcauliffe for taking this important step to remove Neli Latson from an unjust and inappropriate prison sentence. Neli’s imprisonment, which included time spent...

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ASAN Calls for Pardon for Neli Latson

Yesterday, Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic man currently imprisoned in Virginia, pled guilty to assaulting a correctional officer in exchange for a six-month sentence – the statutory minimum. Although the Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the efforts of Neli’s attorney in this case, justice is still not served. We...

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ASAN Calls for Neli Latson’s Release

In early 2010, police responded to calls about a “suspicious black male” and found a young black man waiting outside a local school library. An officer approached Reginald “Neli” Latson, then-18 and also autistic. He did not give his name when asked, and he attempted to walk away. The...

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Working to End Police Violence and Systemic Racism

A month ago, we shared an update on how ASAN is working to keep our community safe through the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, we want to acknowledge that while the United States is still struggling with COVID-19, we are also in the midst of critical national protests against police...

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What Does a Black Autistic Man Look Like?

One of the most accurate metaphors I’ve used to describe my life is this: I’ve occupied several closets simultaneously. To become my most authentic self, I had to emerge from each one and reckon with the conditions that convinced me that I needed to stay inside. In some cases,...

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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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Statement on the Institutionalization of Arnaldo Rios-Soto

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) strongly condemns the institutionalization of Arnaldo Rios-Soto, an Autistic Latino young man, in Carlton Palms – a facility with a long history of abuse. Rios-Soto had witnessed North Miami police shoot and injure his therapist, Charles Kinsey, and had been restrained by police for...

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ASAN Calls for Justice in Marcus Abrams Case

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network calls for both justice in the Marcus Abrams case and changes in the ways autistic people and other people with disabilities are treated by police.  Recently in Minnesota, St. Paul Metro Transit police allegedly assaulted autistic teen Marcus Abrams. Abrams’ family told press that...

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ASAN Calls for Justice in Troy Canales Police Brutality Case

Last November, NYPD officers allegedly physically assaulted a black autistic teenager, throwing him face-down to the sidewalk outside his home, punching him in the face, and then taking him to the station-house to interrogate him before finally releasing him without charges. According to his attorneys, Troy Canales was stopped...

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