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The ASAN blog includes personal stories of acceptance, self-advocacy, and community, with a particular focus on showing the lived impact of our work.

Our Movement Is A Marathon: ASAN’s 2018 Annual Report

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a national grassroots disability rights organization run by and for Autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to educate communities and improve public...

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ASAN Gala 2018

This year’s gala was full of excitement, and lots of great speeches. If you’d like to catch up, you can watch videos or read transcripts of the attendee’s remarks below. Liz Weintraub Video and Transcript: https://autisticadvocacy.org/2018/12/liz-weintraubs-speech-for-asan-gala-2018/ Julia Bascom Video and Transcript: https://autisticadvocacy.org/2018/12/julia-bascoms-speech-at-asan-gala-2018/ Awards Ceremony Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVHaU1o6Bps&feature=youtu.be DJ Savarese’s speech: https://autisticadvocacy.org/2018/11/dj-savareses-speech-for-asan-gala-2018/...

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Liz Weintraub’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2018

Hello, my name is Liz Weintraub. Isn’t ASAN doing an awesome job? Congratulations on being around for 12 years. Before I begin my remarks, let me add my congratulations to all of tonight’s award winners. When Julia and Zoe asked me to talk about leadership, I thought about how...

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Julia Bascom’s Speech at ASAN Gala 2018

Hello! Hello, and thank you all so much for being here. How’s everyone doing? Great. Great, that’s good. I’m so glad to see you all here. I’d like to thank our sponsors for so generously helping ASAN pull this event together and do the work that needs doing year-round,...

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DJ Savarese’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2018

Thank you for this award. I’m grateful to be among us tonight.  I’m grateful we are gathered here tonight to celebrate our people. It’s not often that so many of us are able to gather together in the same room to celebrate our neurodiversity, but when we do there’s...

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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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Before You Donate to Autism Speaks, Consider the Facts

Very little money donated to Autism Speaks goes toward helping autistic people and families....

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Remarks from Julia Bascom at the DC DDOM Vigil

Thank you all for coming here today and bearing witness with us to all of the lives taken from us before their time. A theme we heard strongly at last year’s vigils, and that we have continued to hear since, is that these murders and atrocities are a reflection...

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ASAN’s 2017 Annual Report

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a national grassroots disability rights organization run by and for Autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to educate communities and improve public...

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What Does a Black Autistic Man Look Like?

One of the most accurate metaphors I’ve used to describe my life is this: I’ve occupied several closets simultaneously. To become my most authentic self, I had to emerge from each one and reckon with the conditions that convinced me that I needed to stay inside. In some cases,...

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