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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.

ASAN Condemns Family Separation

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network forcefully condemns the Trump Administration’s unconscionable policy of separating immigrant families at the border, and the subsequent incarceration and warehousing of infants and children. This policy is not mandated by law, but is a deliberate act of cruelty the Administration has chosen to inflict...

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Final Report: Supported Decision-Making And Transition To The Community

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network held an Invitational Summit on Supported Decision-Making and the Transition to the Community on October 18th and October 19th, 2016. From the summit and a series of follow-up interviews, ASAN derived recommendations for how self-advocates, lawyers, parents, government officials, and other stakeholders can use supported...

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ASAN Comments on Proposed Delay of Significant Disproportionality Rule

This letter is available as a PDF here. May 11, 2018 Johnny W. Collett Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 5107 Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2500 Dear Secretary Collett: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)1For more...

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ASAN Statement on 2018 CDC Prevalence Data

Today, the Centers for Disease Control released the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network report, which estimates the prevalence of autism in certain areas. The results indicate that better recognition of autism, and an encouraging reduction of racial and gender disparities in diagnosis, have caused rates of diagnosis...

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ASAN Letter to FDA on Banning Electric Shock Devices

You can download this letter as a PDF here. Alex M. Azar II Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Scott Gottlieb Commissioner Food and Drug Administration John Michael Mulvaney Director Office of Management and Budget Sent via electronic mail Re: FDA proposed rule banning electrical stimulation devices...

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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...

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#StopTheShock at the Judge Rotenberg Center

People with disabilities are being tortured at the JRC by electric shock devices known as Gradual Electronic Decelerators (GED). The FDA has had a final rule to ban these devices ready since 2016, but the Commissioner still hasn’t released it....

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ASAN Statement on Gun Violence Prevention Following Parkland Mass Shooting

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) joins the nation in mourning the loss of the seventeen men, women, and children who were murdered on February 14, 2017 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As in all mass shootings, these deaths were tragic, senseless, and preventable. We...

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ASAN Condemns President’s Budget Request

Statement: ASAN strongly condemns the deep cuts that the President’s proposed budget would make to Medicaid, Social Security, employment programs, housing supports, and other critical programs for people with disabilities. The President’s profoundly hypocritical proposal would simultaneously slash the critical programs that help people with disabilities find employment, while...

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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...

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