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You make our work possible

Dear friends, As a person who was diagnosed as autistic over thirty years ago prior to entering the foster care system, I have personally experienced the frustration of attempting to navigate numerous systems that were designed to “treat” me without ever listening to me. My story isn’t unique —...

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Will you help more autistic adults be heard?

Dear friends, When I learned that I was autistic, I was overwhelmed. I felt lost and misunderstood. I was fixated on what I perceived as my ever-growing list of deficits, and that made it hard to see myself as a whole person. Then, I found the Autistic Self Advocacy Network....

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Autistic Elected Official Sues Enfield, CT, Board of Education

This press release is available as a PDF here. One of the first openly autistic people to run for, and be elected to, public office, says she has had to sue her school board for discrimination.  Sarah Selvaggi-Hernandez, an elected member of the Enfield Board of Education, filed suit...

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Julia Bascom’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2019

Hello everyone! Hi! Thank you all so much for being here–it’s great to see so many folks gathered together to celebrate self-advocacy. My heart really needed this. I want to make sure and thank our sponsors for making this night possible, particularly our Gold sponsors, Anthem and Paramount. Thank...

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Sara Luterman’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2019

I was elated, but also a little shocked when I was told I’d received the Harriet McBryde Johnson Award from ASAN. It’s hard to think of myself as being in the same league as previous winners like Dylan Matthews, Eric Garcia, and DJ Savarese.  I don’t just care about...

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Connie Choi’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2019

Thank you for this wonderful surprise and it’s an honor to be here with you all tonight! I was flabbergasted when I received word from ASAN that I was going to receive this award on behalf of the PIF Campaign. The successes that we’ve achieved as a campaign thus...

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Dora Raymaker’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2019

Thank you so much to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network for honoring me and my work with the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education. But thank you even more for being part of that “partnership” piece of AASPIRE. Our histories have grown up together over the past...

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John Marble’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2019

Hi, welcome. I am going to do, a few informational or housekeeping announcements. And then I will explain, who this strange person before you is, and do a more official welcoming as we get into it. You should know, first of all, if you have not been here before:...

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ASAN Gala 2019

Our lucky 13th annual gala was full of excitement, hope, and lots of wonderful speeches. If you’d like to catch up, you can watch videos or read transcripts of the attendees’ remarks below. Alice Wong Video and Transcript: https://autisticadvocacy.org/2019/11/alice-wong’s-speech-for-asan-gala-2019/ Julia Bascom Video and Transcript: https://autisticadvocacy.org/2019/11/julia-bascom’s-speech-for-asan-gala-2019/ Dora Raymaker Video and Transcript:...

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