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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.

Autism Research: Nothing About Us, Without Us!

Today, the new membership of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) was announced. The IACC is a committee that advises the federal government on autism issues and oversees federal autism research spending. Since its creation, ASAN has called for greater self-advocate representation on the IACC, and urged the IACC...

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Comments for July 21-22nd IACC Meeting

These comments are available as a PDF here. Thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is pleased that, after an absence of 2020 meetings due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) will resume its efforts to ensure that...

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ASAN Denounces Court Ruling on Electric Skin Shock

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is heartbroken and outraged by today’s court decision striking down a regulation that would have banned the use of the graduated electronic decelerator (GED), a skin shock device used on people with disabilities. These devices, which the United Nations has recognized as torture, involve...

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Working Towards Racial Justice in ASAN and the Autistic Community

Over the last few months, the autistic community has had painful and necessary conversations about long-standing issues of racism within our community. Many BIPOC autistic advocates have spoken out about their experiences of racism, exclusion, and underrepresentation in autistic communities and in organized advocacy. And many of our community...

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Advocates Applaud Full Pardon of Neli Latson, a Young Black Man with Disabilities, After Decade of Injustice

After more than a decade of unjust prosecution and abuse in the criminal justice system, Neli Latson, a Black man with multiple disabilities, is finally a free man. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam granted Mr. Latson, 29, a full pardon late Monday. Mr. Latson, who has autism and intellectual disability, now has...

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ASAN, 35 Advocacy Organizations File Amicus Brief Supporting Civil Rights Laws

View this statement as a PDF here. Today, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, ACLU, and thirty-four other advocacy organizations filed an amicus brief encouraging broad enforcement of civil rights laws protecting people from discrimination based on disability, race, religion, and sex. The brief asks the Second Circuit Court of...

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ASAN Repudiates Comments Linking Autism and Violence at Capitol January 6th

This morning, Talking Points Memo published an article featuring quotes from Albert Watkins, an attorney representing Jacob Chansley. Chansley was a prominent participant in the invasion of the Capitol building on January 6th, 2021, which was intended to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election. Mr. Watkins has...

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Tell Congress to support real work for real pay!

People with disabilities deserve real work for real pay. Here’s how YOU can take action to make that happen:...

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ASAN Statement on the Conviction of Derek Chauvin

Last year, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd, a Black man, by kneeling on his neck for nine and a half minutes. This murder was inexcusable, and part of a systemic pattern of police violence that disproportionately affects Black people and other people of color in...

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Start Here: a guide for parents of autistic kids

We’re pleased to announce the release of our new booklet, “Start Here: a guide for parents of autistic kids”...

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