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Medical Rationing Complaint Filed by ASAN and Partners Resolved

This statement is available as a PDF here. RESOLUTION OF FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT RAISES THE BAR IN PROHIBITING MEDICAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC For Immediate Release June 26, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil...

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ASAN Supports Justice in Policing Act

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) applauds the House of Representatives’ passage of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, H.R. 7120, as a first step in the fight to ensure that Black people, especially Black disabled people, are no longer victimized, assaulted, and murdered by our criminal justice...

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Action Alert: Tell your Senators to support emergency funding for HCBS!

UPDATE: Call-ins are temporarily cancelled and will resume shortly. Coping with a global pandemic is hard enough without losing access to the services that keep us independent and in the community. Some of our community members are facing dangerous losses to their home- and community-based services. These are vital...

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ASAN Issues Joint Statement on Universal Human Rights

Joint Statement on the Universal Civil and Human Rights of People with the Most Significant Developmental Disabilities   People with disabilities have the same civil and human rights as their peers without disabilities. Those rights are not modified, lessened, or “balanced” against other considerations because of their support needs. Every...

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Track COVID-19 outbreaks in institutions with our new tool

It’s critical that we understand how many people we are losing as COVID-19 spreads through institutions — but some states aren’t reporting numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths in congregate settings, and the federal government isn’t keeping track. We made the COVID-19 case tracker to do what no one...

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Check out the new Welcome to the Autistic Community!

Everyone at ASAN was new to the autistic community at one point. There were times when we felt alone, when we did not understand our disability or know how to communicate our needs. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about the autistic community, neurodiversity, and self-advocacy, and it’s important to...

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ASAN Comments on DOT’s Proposed Rule on Service Animals and Air Travel

These comments are available as a PDF here. April 6, 2020 Docket Management Facility U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140 Washington, DC 20590–0001 ASAN Comments Re: “Traveling by Air with Service Animals,” Docket No. DOT–OST–2018–0068, RIN No. 2105–AE63 The Autistic...

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Congress must do more for disability community re: COVID-19

Congress has voted on a third bill to address the impact of COVID-19. The $2 trillion bill includes some small pieces for people with disabilities, but fails to recognize the full needs of our community. People with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19; not only by the virus itself,...

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ASAN & Partners Challenge WA’s Discriminatory COVID-19 Plan

SEATTLE – As COVID-19 cases increase, the experience in other countries and predictions of U.S. health officials is that there will not be enough acute care services or equipment, such as ventilators, to meet the demand of patients with the virus who require intensive treatment.  Health care professionals in...

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