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πŸ‚ ASAN November Update πŸ‚

Dear friends, As November draws to a close, we’re reflecting on everything we’ve worked on this year, as well as the advocacy battles ahead. 2020 has been a hard year, but this month brought much-needed progress on some issues important to our community, and gave us a chance to...

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ASAN Comments On CMS HCBS Recommended Measure Set

This letter is available as a PDF here. November 18, 2020Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)7500 Security BoulevardBaltimore, MD 21244 Submitted electronically to: HCBSMeasuresRFI@cms.hhs.gov Autistic Self Advocacy Network Regarding Request for Information: Recommended Measure Set for Medicaid-Funded Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)...

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ASAN Praises Introduction of Keeping All Students Safe Act

ASAN strongly supports and thanks Congress for its introduction 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 dangerous...

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Doing the Impossible in Impossible Times: ASAN’s 2020 Annual Report

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a national grassroots disability rights organization run by and for Autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to educate communities and improve public...

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πŸŽƒ ASAN October Update πŸŽƒ

  Dear friends, October is coming to an end, and we wish we could say that Halloween was the scariest thing happening this week. But with COVID cases surging and threats to the Affordable Care Act on the horizon, the disability community is facing dangers that are all too...

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Learn the history of institutions β€” and where we’re going next β€” with our new toolkit!

People with disabilities do best when we live in our communities and make our own choices β€” not when we are put in institutions, separated from everyone else. For decades, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been fighting to get out of institutions and back into our communities....

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ASAN Opposes Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network opposes the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In light of the critical role that the Supreme Court plays in interpreting and enforcing laws that affect people with disabilities, all nominees to our nation’s highest court must be evaluated carefully based...

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πŸ‚ ASAN September Update πŸ‚

Dear friends, This has been a hard month. TheΒ failure to indict the officers who murdered Breonna TaylorΒ painfully illustrates the systemic racism in the U.S. court system and our society’s inadequate response to police violence. Police violence affects people with disabilities, especially Black people with disabilities, every day, and the...

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Register for ASAN’s 2020 Gala!

Join us for a special virtual celebration and fundraising event from Thursday, November 12 through Sunday, November 15th. We’re so excited to share the gala with disability community members and allies from across the country and around the world, who usually wouldn’t be able to attend in-person. Our virtual...

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