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Tell Congress to #FundMFP!

More people with disabilities are living in our communities than ever before – but many people who want access to their communities remain trapped in institutions. Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federally funded program that has helped over 75,000 people with disabilities move out of institutions and...

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Remarks from Julia Bascom at the DC DDOM Vigil

Thank you all for coming here today and bearing witness with us to all of the lives taken from us before their time. A theme we heard strongly at last year’s vigils, and that we have continued to hear since, is that these murders and atrocities are a reflection...

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ASAN Statement on Gun Violence Prevention Following Parkland Mass Shooting

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) joins the nation in mourning the loss of the seventeen men, women, and children who were murdered on February 14, 2017 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As in all mass shootings, these deaths were tragic, senseless, and preventable. We...

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ASAN Condemns President’s Budget Request

Statement: ASAN strongly condemns the deep cuts that the President’s proposed budget would make to Medicaid, Social Security, employment programs, housing supports, and other critical programs for people with disabilities. The President’s profoundly hypocritical proposal would simultaneously slash the critical programs that help people with disabilities find employment, while...

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ASAN Tells WA State: No Sterilization Forms!

Dear Ms. Zinn, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and the undersigned disability rights advocacy organizations write to you regarding your recent proposal to create court forms specific to sterilization of people under guardianship. Although we share your commitment to ensure that no individual under guardianship is illegally subjected to...

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ASAN Condemns Passage of Tax Bill

ASAN strongly condemns the final passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), a tax giveaway for corporations and the wealthiest Americans which comes at great cost to the disability community. This law will take away health care from an estimated 13 million people. By drastically reducing tax...

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ACTION ALERT: This week, remind Congress that they represent YOU!

Congress is determined to pass their disastrous tax bill before their scheduled recess begins on Friday. This week is critical – we need your voice to stop this bill. Your advocacy has already significantly delayed their process, and with your help we can grind it to a halt. There are a lot...

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ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress: it’s time to do the right thing

Last week, Congress expected to neatly finish passing their destructive tax bill on Monday – but yesterday, we saw that your advocacy had thrown a wrench in the works, further delaying the #TaxOnDisability from becoming law. With one more push, we could end this devastating bill for good. Keep...

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