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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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ACTION ALERT—Congress: Include People with Disabilities in COVID-19 Relief!

As disability right advocates, you’ve made countless calls to your elected officials. You know how to make your voice heard. Now, we need you to do something different: use email and social media to tell your members of congress, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Kevin McCarthy that...

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ASAN Comments on Proposed Fair Housing Rule

This letter is available as a PDF here. March 16, 2020 Regulations Division, Office of General CounselDepartment of Housing and Urban Development451 7th Street SW, Room 10276Washington, DC 20410-0500 ASAN Comments Re: HUD-2020-0011, RIN 2577-AA97, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”  The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)1The Autistic Self Advocacy Network...

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ASAN Responds To President’s FY2021 Budget Request

Summary For the fourth year in a row, ASAN opposes the President’s annual budget request. This cruel proposal would once again make deep cuts to vital programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), eliminate critical housing supports, cut spending on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...

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ACI helped me fight for change

Hello, My name is Grace Hart, and this past June I attended ASAN’s ACI (Autism Campus Inclusion) program in Washington, D.C. This week-long program equipped me with the knowledge and skills I needed to pursue my activism goals on my college campus and in the U.S. Congress, where I...

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Job Opening: Programs & Publications Assistant

The Programs & Publications Assistant provides support to ASAN’s Operations team in event planning and in publication formatting. They will work closely with ASAN’s Operations Manager and Digital & Print Media Coordinator. The job is a salaried position paying $50,000/year with comprehensive health insurance and three weeks of paid...

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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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