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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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? Join the National Call-In Day for Permanent MFP Reauthorization! ?

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 91,000 people with disabilities move out of institutions and...

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This #GivingTuesday, we’re counting on you!

As you may know, many autistic people hate making phone calls, or cannot make them. That shouldn’t be a barrier to making our voices heard. So this year, ASAN launched our proxy calling system, which allows all members of our community to get involved in advocacy without picking up...

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Civil Rights are Disability Rights

As a disability rights organization, ASAN continually affirms both that people with disabilities are members of every marginalized group and that disability rights are civil rights. In doing so, we must also affirm that working within the disability rights movement requires us to join forces with our peers who...

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