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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 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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Doing the Impossible in Impossible Times: ASAN’s 2020 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 Applauds the Pardon of Matthew Rushin

November 10th, 2020 The Autistic Self Advocacy Network welcomes the Governor Northam’s decision to conditionally pardon Mr. Matthew Rushin, an autistic Black man who was facing a decades-long sentence after an automobile collision. ASAN had expressed concern about racial and disability bias in Mr. Rushin’s prosecution and sentencing. The...

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ASAN Opposes Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network opposes the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In light of the critical role that the Supreme Court plays in interpreting and enforcing laws that affect people with disabilities, all nominees to our nation’s highest court must be evaluated carefully based...

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Disability Community Joint Letter on ICE Forced Sterilizations

This document is available as a PDF here. September 24, 2020  The Honorable Chad F. Wolf Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528  Kenneth CuccinelliSenior Official Performing the Duties of the DirectorU.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesDepartment of Homeland Security20 Massachusetts Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20529 The Honorable Joseph V. Cuffari Inspector GeneralDepartment...

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Got questions about voting? We’ve got answers!

Check your voter registration, get registered, request an absentee ballot, and learn more about your ballot by visiting our Voter Information Center!...

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Register for ASAN’s 2020 Gala!

Join us for a special virtual celebration and fundraising event from Thursday, November 12 through Sunday, November 15th. We’re so excited to share the gala with disability community members and allies from across the country and around the world, who usually wouldn’t be able to attend in-person. Our virtual...

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ASAN Comments on Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

This document can be found as a PDF here. September 4, 2020 Committee on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 500 5th St NW Washington, DC 20001  Autistic Self Advocacy Network Comments on Discussion Draft of the Preliminary Framework for...

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Action Alert: HCBS at risk — call and email NOW to save critical community services!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been calling on our Senators to protect the disability community and pass a COVID-19 relief bill that includes emergency funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS). Now, we are hearing that the upcoming Senate bill will not include funding for HCBS. This is...

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