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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.

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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ASAN Praises House Passage of Raise the Wage Act

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the passage of the Raise the Wage Act in the House of Representatives. This bill would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour and end the discriminatory practice of legally paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage. ASAN supports legislation...

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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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