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Selected newsworthy articles about ASAN’s actions and statements on matters of public importance can be found here. Other categories of articles, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

Knowing Why: a new anthology

This book of essays by adult-diagnosed/self-diagnosed autistic people includes pieces on burnout, passions and interests, sensory overload, and more. Essays discuss growing up undiagnosed, navigating the world as an autistic adult, and the power of learning we’re autistic....

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We believe you, and we’re not going anywhere

After a rushed process that was designed to deny survivors a chance to be fully heard, the Senate has confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This moment represents a complete disregard for the voices of survivors of sexual violence, women, people with disabilities, and the many others who...

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ASAN Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee On Doe ex rel. Tarlow v. District of Columbia

This letter is also available as a PDF here. Senate Judiciary Committee 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Via Electronic Mail September 17, 2018 Dear Senators, I write to supplement existing accounts of the disability community’s concerns surrounding Doe ex rel. Tarlow v. District of Columbia. Judge...

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ACTION ALERT: Disability Rights v. Kavanaugh – call your Senators today!

Since before there was a self-advocacy movement, our community has fought for the right to be in control in our own lives. Now, a nominee to the Supreme Court threatens the progress we have made. Judge Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t believe that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the...

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ASAN Response To ASHA Position Statements

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network opposes the final position statements from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) regarding Facilitated Communication (FC) and Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). These statements take a broad position, based on incomplete and absent evidence, that all communications by users of RPM and FC should...

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ACTION ALERT: Health care under fire again – call your Senators now!

You already know how important the Affordable Care Act is for people with disabilities in the US. Over the last year and a half, we’ve contacted you about multiple attacks on the ACA as Congress tried again and again to strip affordable health care from millions of Americans and...

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Don’t let Judge Kavanaugh rewind our rights – call your Senators this week!

As people with disabilities, we know that every right we have is the result of a hard-won fight. Now, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court puts everything we have fought for at risk. We can’t let him turn back the clock on disability rights – call your...

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ASAN Opposes Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network opposes the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. As a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Kavanaugh has opposed the rights of people with disabilities to make our own choices. He has said that he might want to strike...

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Register for ASAN’s 2018 Gala!

Join us for a special celebration and fundraising event on Thursday, November 15. Dinner and dessert will be served and a reception will precede dinner. Proceeds will support our advocacy work and programs for the coming year, and allow us to continue working to empower disabled people across the...

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ASAN Opposes Citizenship Questions For 2020 Census

This document is also available as a PDF here. August 7, 2018 Jennifer Jessup Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer Department of Commerce Room 6616 14th and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20230 Re: Docket ID:  USBC–2018–0005, Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2020 Census Dear Ms. Jessup, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network...

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