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ASAN meets with FDA to #StopTheShock

Yesterday, ASAN and a coalition of disability rights organizations met with Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, head of the FDA’s Center for Radiological Health and Medical Devices. The meeting was productive, and we shared our community’s concerns regarding the use of electric shock torture at the Judge Rotenberg Center and discussed...

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Reflecting on History, Resisting Hate

On April 19th, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement in response to new reports further detailing Hans Asperger’s collaboration with the Nazi regime: We are a community with a long history of resilience in the face of overwhelming hatred. The history of the autistic community has...

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Remarks from Julia Bascom at United Nations Autism Event

On April 5th, ASAN’s Executive Director, Julia Bascom, gave the keynote address at the United Nations event on empowering autistic women and girls. You can view a recording of the event here. The keynote starts at minute 48.  Good morning! Thanks so much for having me here today. I...

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White House Continues to Ignore Self-Advocates

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is disappointed to learn that the White House is again participating in Autism Speaks’ “Light It Up Blue” campaign. While self-advocates work to promote autism acceptance, disability rights, and self-determination this April, the White House chooses to promote a stigmatizing and outdated view of...

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ASAN Letter to House Leaders on H.R. 620

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), the nation’s leading 501(c)(3) disability rights advocacy organization by and for autistic people ourselves, strongly opposes H.R. 620, the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.” H.R. 620 would curtail the civil rights of Americans with disabilities by making it prohibitively difficult for...

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ASAN Statement on Medicaid Work Requirements

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) strongly opposes the Trump Administration’s decision to use work requirements to push individuals out of Medicaid programs. This morning, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that states will be allowed to impose work requirements for Medicaid eligibility, a devastating and...

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ASAN Statement of Support for Rosa Maria Hernandez

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network denounces the detainment and potential deportation of Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old with cerebral palsy in Texas. Rosa Maria Hernandez was stopped at an immigration checkpoint while in an ambulance on her way to emergency gallbladder surgery. Immediately following her surgery, border patrol agents...

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Autistic People Deserve A Better Budget

ASAN condemns the final passage of the 2018 Budget Resolution, which would set the stage for tax cuts for corporations and the richest Americans by cutting $5 trillion dollars over the next decade from Medicaid, Social Security, and other essential services that allow people with disabilities to live good...

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ASAN Condemns Executive Order Sabotaging the ACA

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) condemns the executive order issued by President Trump today attacking critical protections for people with disabilities in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The executive order would make it easier for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, and could allow insurers...

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