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🌷ASAN February Update 🌷

 ASAN February Newsletter Dear friends, While winter weather may be sticking around, we’re still springing forward into this new year of advocacy. Here is a summary of what we’ve been up to in the last month, and of what we have coming up. We are thrilled that the work...

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ACTION ALERT: #MedicaidCantWait!

Congress is putting together the next COVID-19 relief package now, and the House of Representatives has already included emergency HCBS funding in their version of the COVID relief package. Now we need the Senate to do the same. ...

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❄️ ASAN Winter Update ❄️

Dear friends, Staying focused on advocacy is snow problem this New Year! ASAN is back in the (virtual) office, working on some of the most important issues facing our community this winter and beyond. Last month, we published a statement condemning discriminatory new travel regulations by the FAA. We received a lot of...

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Sign up to be a Day of Mourning Vigil Site Coordinator

Site coordinators are a vital part of the Disability Day of Mourning. Site coordinators secure space in their communities to hold a vigil, do outreach to community members leading up to the vigil, and document their vigils through pictures or videos to honor those lost to filicide....

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ACI 2021 Applications Now Open!

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2021 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Leadership Academy! The ACI Summer Leadership Academy prepares autistic students to do disability advocacy at their colleges....

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ASAN Condemns Discriminatory Air Travel Regulations

Read our plain language “Know Your Rights” explainer on the new DoT regulation by clicking here. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network condemns the Department of Transportation’s release of new regulations that discriminate against people with disabilities who use support animals while flying. The new rules take away travelers’ right...

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🍂 ASAN November Update 🍂

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: 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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