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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.

Foundations for Inclusive Advocacy

Fighting for Fairness: it starts with you! Everyone should be able to access and learn from conversations about systemic discrimination. But information about these concepts isn’t always presented in an accessible way. Fighting for Fairness: it starts with you! is a first step to making these conversations accessible to...

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House Passes Largest-Ever Federal Investment in HCBS

This morning, the House passed the Build Back Better Act. This bill includes the largest-ever federal investment in home- and community-based services (HCBS) to date — $150 billion for better access to services, better pay for workers, and better quality services. ASAN thanks our grassroots for their persistent, unyielding...

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All Aboard!: ASAN’s 2021 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 Comments on Public Charge ANPRM

These comments available as a PDF here. Andrew ParkerBranch ChiefResidents and Admissibility BranchResidents and Naturalization DivisionOffice of Policy and StrategyU.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesDHS, 5900 Capital Gateway DriveCamp Springs MD 20746 Autistic Self Advocacy Network Re: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, DHS Docket No. USCIS-2021-0013, “Public Charge Ground of...

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Written Testimony at Senate Guardianship Hearing

This testimony is available as a PDF here. Dear Senators Blumenthal and Cruz, On behalf of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), I appreciate the opportunity toprovide written testimony concerning the effects of guardianship on people with intellectual anddevelopmental disabilities, including autistic people. ASAN is a 501(c)(3) advocacy organizationrun...

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Comments for October 13-14th IACC Meeting

These comments are available as a PDF here. Thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments on the IACC’s public meeting on October 13th and 14th, 2021. In our prior comments in July 2021, ASAN emphasized the importance of using the reconvening of the IACC as an opportunity...

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New Resource: “Who’s In Control?”

ASAN talked to a group of self-advocates who get community services. We asked about how we can tell who is in control of their services. Our toolkit “Who’s in Control?”: Control over community services for people with disabilities is the result....

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Join us at our 2021 Gala!

All aboard! Join us for this year’s virtual gala, featuring events and activities spread across three evenings instead of just one. Our first virtual gala last year was a roaring success — having it online means more people can join in, and we hope you will! We’re so excited...

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Call for Submissions: Tell us about getting the COVID-19 vaccine!

ASAN is asking for videos of self-advocates talking about getting the COVID-19 vaccine! COVID-19 changed the way we live. We do things differently to stay safe from COVID-19. We stay in our homes a lot. We have to wear masks when we go out. It can be harder to...

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ASAN Commends FDA’s Move to Appeal Judge Rotenberg Center Ruling

ASAN is pleased that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has filed an appeal to a court ruling that would enable the Judge Rotenberg Center to continue using skin shocks on disabled people.  In 2020, the FDA banned the use of skin shock devices on people with disabilities –...

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