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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.

🌷ASAN February Update 🌷

 ASAN February Newsletter Dear friends, While winter weather may be sticking around, we’re still springing forward into this new year of advocacy. Here is a summary of what we’ve been up to in the last month, and of what we have coming up. We are thrilled that the work...

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❄️ ASAN Winter Update ❄️

Dear friends, Staying focused on advocacy is snow problem this New Year! ASAN is back in the (virtual) office, working on some of the most important issues facing our community this winter and beyond. Last month, we published a statement condemning discriminatory new travel regulations by the FAA. We received a lot of...

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🍂 ASAN November Update 🍂

Dear friends, As November draws to a close, we’re reflecting on everything we’ve worked on this year, as well as the advocacy battles ahead. 2020 has been a hard year, but this month brought much-needed progress on some issues important to our community, and gave us a chance to...

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Doing the Impossible in Impossible Times: ASAN’s 2020 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 October Update 🎃

  Dear friends, October is coming to an end, and we wish we could say that Halloween was the scariest thing happening this week. But with COVID cases surging and threats to the Affordable Care Act on the horizon, the disability community is facing dangers that are all too...

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Your vote counts! Here’s how and why to make your voice heard

As Imani Barbarin puts it, “Why is it important for people with disabilities to vote? Because we’re voters and policies affect us.” Everything from education funding to curb cuts to health care is affected by public policies. Voting on November 3rd allows us to make a difference in our...

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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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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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