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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.

New Report: “Examining How Crisis Standards of Care May Lead to Intersectional Discrimination During COVID-19”

On February 11, 2021, ASAN, as part of a national coalition of civil rights groups and legal scholars, released a new report: “Examining How Crisis Standards of Care May Lead to Intersectional Medical Discrimination Against COVID-19 Patients.” Crisis standards of care are used to decide who should receive priority...

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Job Opening: Programs & Communications Associate

The Programs & Communications Associate provides support to ASAN’s Operations team in event planning and in social media and communications. They will work closely with ASAN’s Programs Manager and Community Engagement Coordinator. The job is a salaried position paying $50,000/year with comprehensive health insurance and three weeks of paid...

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ACTION ALERT: #MedicaidCantWait!

Congress is putting together the next COVID-19 relief package now, and the House of Representatives has already included emergency HCBS funding in their version of the COVID relief package. Now we need the Senate to do the same. ...

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Find your local Day of Mourning vigil site

In the past five years, over 700 people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents, relatives or caregivers. On Monday March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember these disabled victims of filicide – disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers. In...

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Sign up to be a Day of Mourning Vigil Site Coordinator

Site coordinators are a vital part of the Disability Day of Mourning. Site coordinators secure space in their communities to hold a vigil, do outreach to community members leading up to the vigil, and document their vigils through pictures or videos to honor those lost to filicide....

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ACI 2021 Applications Now Open!

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2021 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Leadership Academy! The ACI Summer Leadership Academy prepares autistic students to do disability advocacy at their colleges....

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ASAN Submits Brief Opposing Autism-Related Arguments of Charleston Shooter’s Defense Team

On June 17, 2015, a man opened fire on a Black church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed nine people, committing one of the deadliest acts of racist violence in recent history.  The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and the Autistic Women’s and Nonbinary Network (AWNN) have submitted a...

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Congress Abandons Disability Community in COVID Deal

ASAN is furious that, ten months into the pandemic, Congress has yet again failed to provide any emergency funding for the home and community-based services to keep people with disabilities out of dangerous congregate settings. While the just-passed COVID relief package includes funding for unemployment insurance, SNAP, and other...

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ASAN Comments On CMS HCBS Recommended Measure Set

This letter is available as a PDF here. November 18, 2020Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)7500 Security BoulevardBaltimore, MD 21244 Submitted electronically to: HCBSMeasuresRFI@cms.hhs.gov Autistic Self Advocacy Network Regarding Request for Information: Recommended Measure Set for Medicaid-Funded Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)...

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ASAN Praises Introduction of Keeping All Students Safe Act

ASAN strongly supports and thanks Congress for its introduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA). KASSA would ban almost all kinds of restraint and all kinds of seclusion across all 50 states, and would require school districts to collect data to prevent further use of these dangerous...

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