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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.

Medical Rationing Complaint Filed by ASAN and Partners Resolved

This statement is available as a PDF here. RESOLUTION OF FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT RAISES THE BAR IN PROHIBITING MEDICAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC For Immediate Release June 26, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil...

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ASAN Supports Justice in Policing Act

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) applauds the House of Representatives’ passage of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, H.R. 7120, as a first step in the fight to ensure that Black people, especially Black disabled people, are no longer victimized, assaulted, and murdered by our criminal justice...

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Our New Plain-Language Resource on Police Violence

Standing against anti-Black police violence is a critical part of fighting for disability rights. With protests against police violence going on all over the country, we wanted to provide an accessible resource for learning about what is happening — and how all of us can help create change. Our...

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Working to End Police Violence and Systemic Racism

A month ago, we shared an update on how ASAN is working to keep our community safe through the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, we want to acknowledge that while the United States is still struggling with COVID-19, we are also in the midst of critical national protests against police...

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Action Alert: Tell your Senators to support emergency funding for HCBS!

UPDATE: Call-ins are temporarily cancelled and will resume shortly. Coping with a global pandemic is hard enough without losing access to the services that keep us independent and in the community. Some of our community members are facing dangerous losses to their home- and community-based services. These are vital...

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ASAN Issues Joint Statement on Universal Human Rights

Joint Statement on the Universal Civil and Human Rights of People with the Most Significant Developmental Disabilities   People with disabilities have the same civil and human rights as their peers without disabilities. Those rights are not modified, lessened, or “balanced” against other considerations because of their support needs. Every...

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UPDATE: Fighting For The Disability Community During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious threat, not only to our health, but also to the services and supports that people with disabilities depend on. People with disabilities, and other marginalized people, are disproportionately impacted by this crisis, and we are seeing that impact unfold day after day. But...

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ASAN Leads Letter on Supporters in Hospitals

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and over a hundred national, state and local advocacy organizations have issued a letter urging governors and hospital administrators to allow supporters to accompany hospitalized people with disabilities.  Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, some hospitals and doctors’ offices have stopped allowing people with...

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Track COVID-19 outbreaks in institutions with our new tool

It’s critical that we understand how many people we are losing as COVID-19 spreads through institutions — but some states aren’t reporting numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths in congregate settings, and the federal government isn’t keeping track. We made the COVID-19 case tracker to do what no one...

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Check out the new Welcome to the Autistic Community!

Everyone at ASAN was new to the autistic community at one point. There were times when we felt alone, when we did not understand our disability or know how to communicate our needs. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about the autistic community, neurodiversity, and self-advocacy, and it’s important to...

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