Main Content

Author Archives: Zoe Gross

Working to End Police Violence and Systemic Racism

A month ago, we shared an update on how ASAN is working to keep our community safe through the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, we want to acknowledge that while the United States is still struggling with COVID-19, we are also in the midst of critical national protests against police...

Read More »

Posted in News | Comments Off on Working to End Police Violence and Systemic Racism

ASAN Condemns Block Grant Proposal

The Trump Administration has given states the green light to apply for Medicaid block grants. Allowing states to change their Medicaid funding to block grants is almost certainly illegal, and will mean deep cuts to the Medicaid program in any state that applies. ASAN condemns this decision in the...

Read More »

ASAN Opposes Proposed Changes to Section 1557

August 13, 2019 Department of Health and Human ServicesOffice for Civil RightsAttention: Section 1557 NPRM, RIN 0945-AA11 Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F200 Independence Avenue SWWashington, DC 20201 ASAN Comments Re: Proposed Rule, “Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities” (published June 14, 2019; 84 FR 27846,...

Read More »

Posted in Uncategorized, News | Comments Off on ASAN Opposes Proposed Changes to Section 1557

ASAN Denounces President’s Remarks on Mental Health

This past weekend, mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio killed at least 30 people and injured over 50 more. These mass shootings, the 16th and 17th in the United States this year this year, took place amidst a continued crisis of white supremacism in the US;...

Read More »

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...

Read More »

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...

Read More »

Posted in News, Statement | Comments Off on Reflecting on History, Resisting Hate

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...

Read More »

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...

Read More »

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...

Read More »

Posted in News, Policy | Comments Off on ASAN Letter to House Leaders on H.R. 620

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...

Read More »

More information