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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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ASAN Condemns New Religious Refusals of Care Rule

ASAN condemns the Trump Administration’s new “Religious Refusals of Care Rule”, which allows hospitals and medical providers to refuse people care based on their religious or moral convictions. This type of policy is a threat to disability rights. The disability community has continually struggled to get the health care...

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ASAN Comments on Proposed Person-Centered Planning Panel

These comments are available as a PDF here. April 26, 2019 Administration for Community Living (ACL) VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL – pcplanning@qualityforum.org Autistic Self Advocacy Network Re: Proposed Roster for Person-Centered Planning Panel The Autistic Self Advocacy Network appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed roster for the...

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Comments for April 17 IACC Meeting

These comments are available as a PDF here. Thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, in light of the recent 2019 reintroduction of the Autism CARES Act1Autism CARES Act of 2019, H.R. 1058, S. 427, 116th Cong. (2019). and its annual commemoration...

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ASAN – Who We Are and What We Do

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates...

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