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ASAN Comments Opposing Family Detention

You can download our comments as a PDF here. November 6th, 2018 Debbie Seguin, Assistant Director, Office of Policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department of Homeland Security 500 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20536 Re: DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002, Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and...

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Impact of the Public Charge Rule Change on People with Disabilities

Download this information as a PDF here. This one-pager was developed in collaboration by ASAN, The Arc, and the Center for Public Representation. What is the Public Charge rule? On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security announced the “public charge” rule. This rule allows the U.S. to keep...

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ASAN Condemns Trump Administration’s Attack on Transgender Americans

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is considering adopting a federal standard which would exclude transgender and intersex people from the protections of many anti-discrimination laws and policies. There is a significant overlap between the autistic and transgender communities – and since autistic people first...

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Break down barriers to voting with these tools!

From protests to policymaking, the disability community has spent years fighting for our right to be fully included in our communities. Generations of disabled activists fought for our rights to have a say in the policies that affect us, including our right to vote – a right that many...

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Knowing Why: a new anthology

This book of essays by adult-diagnosed/self-diagnosed autistic people includes pieces on burnout, passions and interests, sensory overload, and more. Essays discuss growing up undiagnosed, navigating the world as an autistic adult, and the power of learning we’re autistic....

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We believe you, and we’re not going anywhere

After a rushed process that was designed to deny survivors a chance to be fully heard, the Senate has confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This moment represents a complete disregard for the voices of survivors of sexual violence, women, people with disabilities, and the many others who...

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URGENT: Time is running out to #StopKavanaugh

We are being told that the FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh has concluded—but the FBI has not even talked to all of the survivors who have come forward. Still, the Senate is moving forward, using this sham investigation as cover for a confirmation vote that could come as early...

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ASAN Releases Easy Read Toolkit on Employment Policy

It’s important for self-advocates to understand employment policy and how things could be different—so that we can effectively advocate for an end to policies that hurt us, and for the adoption of policies that help us. That’s why we’re pleased to announce our latest plain language toolkit, Real Work For...

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ACTION ALERT: Kavanaugh is closer to confirmation – WE NEED YOUR VOICE NOW

Yesterday was a difficult day for many of us, as we heard Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s painful, honest testimony and then saw members of the Senate Judiciary Committee publicly dismiss and belittle what she had to say. Today, the Judiciary Committee voted to continue the confirmation process for Judge...

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ASAN Condemns Proposed ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Regulations

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the Administration’s proposed “Public Charge” regulation, which discriminates against disabled and low-income immigrants and makes pathways to American citizenship contingent upon wealth and the absence of disability. “Public charge” clauses have existed in US immigration law since 1882 and are a clear...

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