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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.

We’re launching proxy calling – and we need YOUR help!

ASAN is proud to announce the first test of our new proxy calling system! Calling our elected officials’ offices is unfortunately one of the most effective forms of legislative advocacy — and that presents a major access barrier for people who can’t use a phone. We’re trying out a...

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ASAN Letters on NQF Person-Centered Planning Panel

Letter to ACL Administrator Download this letter as a PDF here. Dear Assistant Secretary Robertson, We are writing to you again in follow up to a coalition letter sent to you on May 2nd, 2019, as well as public comments submitted by ASAN on April 29th, 2019, regarding the...

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Letter to NJ Governor on Deaths at Wanaque Center

Governor Phil Murphy125 W State StTrenton, NJ 08608 cc: Shereef Elnahal, M.D., M.B.A.CommissionerDepartment of HealthP. O. Box 360 Trenton, NJ 08625-0360 cc: Carole Johnson, CommissionerNew Jersey Department of Human Services222 S Warren St, Trenton, NJ 08608 Dear Governor Murphy, We are writing you regarding the state of New Jersey’s...

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NEW Toolkits on Community Living & Accessibility!

In May of 2018, the Community Living Policy Center (CLPC) asked ASAN to hold a self-advocate summit about community living. At the summit, autistic people talk about what living in the community means to us, and how we can help more people live in the community....

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#WorkWithUs for Integrated Employment

People with disabilities live better lives when we are included in our local communities. That’s just as true when it comes to work as it is for education and housing. With the right supports, people with all kinds of disabilities and support needs can have good jobs that pay...

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Association for Behavior Analysis International Endorses Torture

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) for their decision to feature the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) at their 2019 annual conference. The JRC is the only institution in the country to use electric shock devices for behavior modification on students with...

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ASAN Releases Easy Read Toolkit on the Federal Budget

It’s important for self-advocates to understand how the federal budget gets made—so we can advocate for a budget that includes money for programs that help us. But the federal budget process is complicated and confusing, even to people who have worked in the government for a long time. That’s...

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ASAN Condemns New Religious Refusals of Care Rule

ASAN condemns the Trump Administration’s new “Religious Refusals of Care Rule”, which allows hospitals and medical providers to refuse people care based on their religious or moral convictions. This type of policy is a threat to disability rights. The disability community has continually struggled to get the health care...

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White House Fails Autistic Community, Again

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is disappointed but not surprised by the White House’s continued participation in Autism Speaks’ “Light It Up Blue” campaign. If the Trump administration truly wanted to support autistic people, they would show us through their actions that we are accepted, rather than taking the...

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ASAN Condemns President’s Budget Request

ASAN condemns the President’s Budget Request, which once again calls for deep cuts to programs such as Medicaid, Social Security, and housing supports that help disabled people live our lives in our communities....

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