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ASAN Has Ended Partnership With Sesame Street

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network condemns Sesame Street’s decision to further stigma against autistic children and adults in their new Public Service Announcements.  For several years, ASAN consulted with Sesame Street on their See Amazing project and the development of their autistic character, Julia. Until this summer, the content...

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ASAN Praises House Passage of Raise the Wage Act

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the passage of the Raise the Wage Act in the House of Representatives. This bill would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour and end the discriminatory practice of legally paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage. ASAN supports legislation...

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We’re launching proxy calling – and we need YOUR help!

ASAN is proud to announce the first test of our new proxy calling system! Calling our elected officials’ offices is unfortunately one of the most effective forms of legislative advocacy — and that presents a major access barrier for people who can’t use a phone. We’re trying out a...

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ASAN Letters on NQF Person-Centered Planning Panel

Letter to ACL Administrator Download this letter as a PDF here. Dear Assistant Secretary Robertson, We are writing to you again in follow up to a coalition letter sent to you on May 2nd, 2019, as well as public comments submitted by ASAN on April 29th, 2019, regarding the...

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Letter to NJ Governor on Deaths at Wanaque Center

Governor Phil Murphy125 W State StTrenton, NJ 08608 cc: Shereef Elnahal, M.D., M.B.A.CommissionerDepartment of HealthP. O. Box 360 Trenton, NJ 08625-0360 cc: Carole Johnson, CommissionerNew Jersey Department of Human Services222 S Warren St, Trenton, NJ 08608 Dear Governor Murphy, We are writing you regarding the state of New Jersey’s...

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NEW Toolkits on Community Living & Accessibility!

In May of 2018, the Community Living Policy Center (CLPC) asked ASAN to hold a self-advocate summit about community living. At the summit, autistic people talk about what living in the community means to us, and how we can help more people live in the community....

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ACTION ALERT: We have until June 21st to speak up for equal pay

UPDATE: The comment period has been extended to June 21st! We now have more time to combat the subminimum wage. Read the action alert below for more details on how to do so. For the next two weeks, we have an opportunity to fight back against subminimum wage. The...

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Association for Behavior Analysis International Endorses Torture

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) for their decision to feature the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) at their 2019 annual conference. The JRC is the only institution in the country to use electric shock devices for behavior modification on students with...

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ASAN Releases Easy Read Toolkit on the Federal Budget

It’s important for self-advocates to understand how the federal budget gets made—so we can advocate for a budget that includes money for programs that help us. But the federal budget process is complicated and confusing, even to people who have worked in the government for a long time. That’s...

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