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☀️ ASAN June Update ☀️

ASAN June Newsletter Dear friends, We hope you had a wonderful Pride month! Our community has had plenty to celebrate and feel proud of this month: our LGBT+ community members, Autistic Pride Day, Juneteenth, and the 22nd anniversary of the Olmstead decision. We also welcomed and celebrated a full...

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Advocates Applaud Full Pardon of Neli Latson, a Young Black Man with Disabilities, After Decade of Injustice

After more than a decade of unjust prosecution and abuse in the criminal justice system, Neli Latson, a Black man with multiple disabilities, is finally a free man. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam granted Mr. Latson, 29, a full pardon late Monday. Mr. Latson, who has autism and intellectual disability, now has...

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ASAN Urges Congress to Pass the Keeping All Students Safe Act

ASAN commends Congress for its reintroduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA). KASSA would ban almost all kinds of restraint and all kinds of seclusion across all 50 states, and would require school districts to collect data to prevent further use of these harmful practices. We urge...

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ASAN Repudiates Comments Linking Autism and Violence at Capitol January 6th

This morning, Talking Points Memo published an article featuring quotes from Albert Watkins, an attorney representing Jacob Chansley. Chansley was a prominent participant in the invasion of the Capitol building on January 6th, 2021, which was intended to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election. Mr. Watkins has...

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☔ ASAN April Update ☔

ASAN April Newsletter Dear friends, As we wrap up another Autism Acceptance Month, we are honored and grateful to be a part of celebrating autistic culture and community. Acceptance is an action, and we’re here to help you take that action every day, even when Autism Acceptance Month is...

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ASAN Statement on the Conviction of Derek Chauvin

Last year, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd, a Black man, by kneeling on his neck for nine and a half minutes. This murder was inexcusable, and part of a systemic pattern of police violence that disproportionately affects Black people and other people of color in...

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Acceptance is an Action: ASAN Statement on 10th Anniversary of AAM

ASAN is pleased to commemorate the 10th annual Autism Acceptance Month this year. Over the past ten years, autistic advocates have transformed our society’s conversation around autism — but much remains to be done before we can truly fulfill the promise of autism acceptance. Autism Acceptance Month was created...

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