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ASAN Applauds the Pardon of Matthew Rushin

November 10th, 2020 The Autistic Self Advocacy Network welcomes the Governor Northam’s decision to conditionally pardon Mr. Matthew Rushin, an autistic Black man who was facing a decades-long sentence after an automobile collision. ASAN had expressed concern about racial and disability bias in Mr. Rushin’s prosecution and sentencing. The...

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There’s still time to make your voting plan!

2020 has been stressful to say the least — but making your voting plan doesn’t have to be. In this short email, we’ve got lots of information and resources that make it easy to learn the steps, make your plan, and make your vote count! First, make sure you’re...

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Disability Community Joint Letter on ICE Forced Sterilizations

This document is available as a PDF here. September 24, 2020  The Honorable Chad F. Wolf Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528  Kenneth CuccinelliSenior Official Performing the Duties of the DirectorU.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesDepartment of Homeland Security20 Massachusetts Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20529 The Honorable Joseph V. Cuffari Inspector GeneralDepartment...

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ASAN Comments on Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

This document can be found as a PDF here. September 4, 2020 Committee on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 500 5th St NW Washington, DC 20001  Autistic Self Advocacy Network Comments on Discussion Draft of the Preliminary Framework for...

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COVID-19 Hotspots Crisis Standard of Care Plans Challenged

COVID-19 Hotspots Arizona and Texas Crisis Standard of Care Plans Challenged by State and National Groups in Federal Complaints  This document is available as a PDF here. A coalition of state and national disability and civil rights advocacy groups have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Health and...

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ASAN & AWN Call for Relief for Matthew Rushin

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network have filed a joint statement of concern with the Governor of Virginia regarding the Matthew Rushin case. We urge the Governor to review Mr. Rushin’s case, provide relief, and pursue systemic reforms to end mass incarceration in...

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Coalition Demands a Full Pardon for Neli Latson

View this statement as a PDF here. WASHINGTON – Neli Latson should be a free man. Instead, he’s faced a decade of unjust prosecution and abuse in a criminal justice system where, as a young Black man with disabilities, he’s experienced the disastrous combination of systemic racism and ableism. ...

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Action Alert: Disability Policy Call-ins on COVID Relief and Police Violence

Thirty years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we are still struggling to build a world in which all people with disabilities can live safely and freely in our communities. Some of our community members are facing dangerous losses to their home- and community-based services, leaving...

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