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🍁 ASAN September Update 🍁

Dear friends, As we see seasonal coffees become available and the leaves start to turn color, fall is truly here. This time of year is always quite packed for the policy world, and this fall is no exception. Here are some of the issues we’ve been taking on this...

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🏠 Action Alert: Make HCBS a priority! #CareCantWait 🏠

For months, we’ve been calling on Congress to pass a COVID-19 relief bill that includes robust funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS). During the COVID-19 pandemic, community services are more crucial than ever. Underfunding HCBS can leave people with disabilities on years-long waiting lists for vital services β€”...

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πŸ–οΈ ASAN August Update πŸ–οΈ

ASAN August Newsletter Dear friends, As #WeActAugust winds down, we wanted to thank you for choosing to take action and fight for disabled folks’ right to participate fully and safely in the community. You’ve done great work making sure our community’s voice is heard. Going forward, we will keep...

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Action Alert: Tell Congress to update SSI!

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is in dire need of an update. The outdated asset limits and benefits levels keep many people with disabilities in poverty, unable to afford to meet basic needs. Congress can fix this in the next COVID relief package. Contact them with our email...

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Your voice is needed for Action August!

This month is Action August! There are so many important issues you can take action on this month, and best of allβ€”you don’t have to make a single phone call! Read on to learn about all of the opportunities for advocacy during Action August. #StopTheShock All of us were...

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🌴 ASAN July Update 🌴

ASAN July Newsletter Dear friends, This has been a busy month for ASAN, full of advocacy and new resources to share. We celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights bill for the disability community. We were also reminded of how far we...

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New Resource: A Guide to Making Easy Read Resources

This guide will help you write in Easy Read, an accessible format that uses pictures and easy-to-understand language. Creating resources in Easy Read helps make sure that all people with disabilities have the tools we need to understand and speak out about policy that affects our lives....

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β˜€οΈ ASAN June Update β˜€οΈ

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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