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Statement on FDA Proposed Rule Banning Use of Electric Shock Devices

On April 22, 2016, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued the following statement on the proposed FDA rule to ban the use of electric shock devices such as those used at the Judge Rotenberg Center. Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule to ban...

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ASAN Expresses Concern over New Autism Research Funding Numbers

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is deeply concerned by numbers released today by the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) showing that autism research funding around services and adult issues has continued to drop from already low levels over the course of the last several years. Based on data from...

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Autistic Scholars Fellowship Recipients Announced!

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is very pleased to announce the recipients of our 2016 Autistic Scholars Fellowship! ASAN awards $5,000 tuition scholarships to 4 to 6 Autistic college students who demonstrate a strong commitment to disability rights advocacy, Autistic culture and community, and disability accessibility and inclusion on college campuses....

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ACI 2016 Applications Now Open

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2016 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy! The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic students to create systems change on their college campuses. Accepted applicants will travel to Washington, DC and participate in advocacy training at Gallaudet University...

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ASAN Opposes Proposal to Link Gun Purchases to SSA Rep Payee Database

In light of the recent announcement that the Obama Administration intends to utilize the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Representative Payee database to feed the names of people with psychiatric disabilities requesting assistance in managing their financial affairs into the National Instant Criminal Background Check system to prevent firearms purchases,...

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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...

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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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ASAN and Disability Leaders Meet with NEA on Offensive Remarks

This morning, representatives from the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the Association of University Centers on Disability and the National Center for Learning Disabilities spoke with Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Education Association, about comments made by her at the October...

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ASAN Statement on Umpqua Community College Shooting

Due to media reports on the Umpqua Community College shooting, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network today issued the following statement: “We join the nation in mourning the tragic loss of nine lives in the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College on October 1st, 2015. Recent media reports indicate that the shooter may...

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ASAN Statement on GOP Primary Debate Comments on Autism and Vaccination

Despite a wealth of scientific evidence debunking any link between autism and vaccinations, tonight’s Republican primary debate featured prominent commentary from a leading candidate repeating inaccurate information suggesting a link. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is disappointed that long after the science has spoken, politicians and pundits continue to...

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