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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.

Autistic Elected Official Sues Enfield, CT, Board of Education

This press release is available as a PDF here. One of the first openly autistic people to run for, and be elected to, public office, says she has had to sue her school board for discrimination.  Sarah Selvaggi-Hernandez, an elected member of the Enfield Board of Education, filed suit...

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This #GivingTuesday, we’re counting on you!

As you may know, many autistic people hate making phone calls, or cannot make them. That shouldn’t be a barrier to making our voices heard. So this year, ASAN launched our proxy calling system, which allows all members of our community to get involved in advocacy without picking up...

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Civil Rights are Disability Rights

As a disability rights organization, ASAN continually affirms both that people with disabilities are members of every marginalized group and that disability rights are civil rights. In doing so, we must also affirm that working within the disability rights movement requires us to join forces with our peers who...

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Check Out Our Updated Position Statements!

“Nothing About Us Without Us” means that autistic people need to be involved whenever autism is discussed. When non-autistic people make decisions about autism without Autistic input, those decisions are usually bad. This makes it harder for us to get by in the world. Decisions about autism need to...

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Taking Action: ASAN’s 2019 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 Releases Easy Read Toolkit about the HCBS Settings Rule

The Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule, or HCBS Settings Rule, allows people with disabilities to access resources we need to live in the community. Learning about the rule is an important part of understanding our rights. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new plain language toolkit, all...

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Register for ASAN’s 2019 Gala! 🎊

Join us for a special celebration and fundraising event on Wednesday, November 13. Dinner and dessert will be served and a reception will precede dinner. Proceeds will support our advocacy work and programs for the coming year, and allow us to continue working to empower disabled people across the...

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ASAN Opposes Proposed Changes to Section 1557

August 13, 2019 Department of Health and Human ServicesOffice for Civil RightsAttention: Section 1557 NPRM, RIN 0945-AA11 Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F200 Independence Avenue SWWashington, DC 20201 ASAN Comments Re: Proposed Rule, “Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities” (published June 14, 2019; 84 FR 27846,...

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How are YOU taking action this TCEA Tuesday? ✊

When she was young, Laura worked in a sheltered workshop. She was paid eight cents an hour doing contract work. Nicki faced discrimination at work. She was told that asking for accommodations that would let her work with everyone else were “a waste of taxpayer money”. They both now...

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ASAN Has Ended Partnership With Sesame Street

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network condemns Sesame Street’s decision to further stigma against autistic children and adults in their new Public Service Announcements.  For several years, ASAN consulted with Sesame Street on their See Amazing project and the development of their autistic character, Julia. Until this summer, the content...

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