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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.

Find your local Day of Mourning vigil site

In the past five years, over 650 people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents, relatives or caregivers. On Friday, 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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ASAN Celebrates Legislation To End Subminimum Wage

ASAN applauds Congress for the introduction of the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act. If passed, the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act would end subminimum wage for people with disabilities, and create new opportunities to help us get and keep real jobs with real pay. ASAN is proud to support...

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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 2019 Applications Now Open!

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2019 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Leadership Academy!...

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ACI funded for the next 10 years, thanks to a generous donor!

ASAN is excited to announce the generous donation made by Nicole Cliffe to fund ASAN’s Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) program over the next ten years.   Every year at ACI, we bring autistic college students from around the country to Washington D.C. in order to learn about advocacy and...

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ASAN Comments on Proposed Public Charge Rule

You can download our comments as a PDF here. December 10, 2018 Samantha DeshommesChief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and StrategyU.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesDepartment of Homeland Security20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140 Re: DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds (published October 10, 2018;...

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Our Movement Is A Marathon: ASAN’s 2018 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 Opposing Family Detention

You can download our comments as a PDF here. November 6th, 2018 Debbie Seguin, Assistant Director, Office of Policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department of Homeland Security 500 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20536 Re: DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002, Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and...

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Impact of the Public Charge Rule Change on People with Disabilities

Download this information as a PDF here. This one-pager was developed in collaboration by ASAN, The Arc, and the Center for Public Representation. What is the Public Charge rule? On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security announced the “public charge” rule. This rule allows the U.S. to keep...

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ASAN Condemns Trump Administration’s Attack on Transgender Americans

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is considering adopting a federal standard which would exclude transgender and intersex people from the protections of many anti-discrimination laws and policies. There is a significant overlap between the autistic and transgender communities – and since autistic people first...

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