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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.

Know YOUR rights when voting under guardianship!

Everyone should have the right to vote. If you have a disability and you are under guardianship, you might have heard that this means you can’t vote. However, in many states, it is still possible to vote with a guardian! The laws in your state will tell you if...

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🍂 ASAN September Update 🍂

Dear friends, This has been a hard month. The failure to indict the officers who murdered Breonna Taylor painfully illustrates the systemic racism in the U.S. court system and our society’s inadequate response to police violence. Police violence affects people with disabilities, especially Black people with disabilities, every day, and the...

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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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ACI helped me fight for change

Hello, My name is Grace Hart, and this past June I attended ASAN’s ACI (Autism Campus Inclusion) program in Washington, D.C. This week-long program equipped me with the knowledge and skills I needed to pursue my activism goals on my college campus and in the U.S. Congress, where I...

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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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Taking Action: ASAN’s 2019 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 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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Day of Action to #StopTheShock

The Day of Action to #StopTheShock was held on April 24th, 2019, the five-year anniversary of an FDA hearing that found the use of GED shocks at the Judge Rotenberg Center ineffective and harmful. The action included people from all over the US working together to show the FDA...

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ASAN – Who We Are and What We Do

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates...

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