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Are you registered to vote?

TODAY is the last day to register to vote in many states, and many more close THIS WEEK. You may still have time — check out https://vote.gov/ to find out how to get registered. If you need help getting a Voter ID due to new regulations, check out VoteRiders....

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ASAN Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee On Doe ex rel. Tarlow v. District of Columbia

This letter is also available as a PDF here. Senate Judiciary Committee 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Via Electronic Mail September 17, 2018 Dear Senators, I write to supplement existing accounts of the disability community’s concerns surrounding Doe ex rel. Tarlow v. District of Columbia. Judge...

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ASAN Opposes Citizenship Questions For 2020 Census

This document is also available as a PDF here. August 7, 2018 Jennifer Jessup Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer Department of Commerce Room 6616 14th and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20230 Re: Docket ID:  USBC–2018–0005, Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2020 Census Dear Ms. Jessup, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network...

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ASAN Condemns Family Separation

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network forcefully condemns the Trump Administration’s unconscionable policy of separating immigrant families at the border, and the subsequent incarceration and warehousing of infants and children. This policy is not mandated by law, but is a deliberate act of cruelty the Administration has chosen to inflict...

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ASAN Comments on Proposed Delay of Significant Disproportionality Rule

This letter is available as a PDF here. May 11, 2018 Johnny W. Collett Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 5107 Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2500 Dear Secretary Collett: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)1For more...

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ASAN Letter to FDA on Banning Electric Shock Devices

You can download this letter as a PDF here. Alex M. Azar II Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Scott Gottlieb Commissioner Food and Drug Administration John Michael Mulvaney Director Office of Management and Budget Sent via electronic mail Re: FDA proposed rule banning electrical stimulation devices...

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ASAN Condemns President’s Budget Request

Statement: ASAN strongly condemns the deep cuts that the President’s proposed budget would make to Medicaid, Social Security, employment programs, housing supports, and other critical programs for people with disabilities. The President’s profoundly hypocritical proposal would simultaneously slash the critical programs that help people with disabilities find employment, while...

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ASAN Letter to House Leaders on H.R. 620

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), the nation’s leading 501(c)(3) disability rights advocacy organization by and for autistic people ourselves, strongly opposes H.R. 620, the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.” H.R. 620 would curtail the civil rights of Americans with disabilities by making it prohibitively difficult for...

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Our civil rights are on the line RIGHT NOW – we need your calls!

In 1990, the ADA gave people with disabilities the legal right to access in our communities. 28 years later, businesses are still trying to avoid their responsibility to their disabled customers by lobbying for a bill called HR 620. This bill would erode our protections under the ADA and...

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ASAN Tells WA State: No Sterilization Forms!

Dear Ms. Zinn, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and the undersigned disability rights advocacy organizations write to you regarding your recent proposal to create court forms specific to sterilization of people under guardianship. Although we share your commitment to ensure that no individual under guardianship is illegally subjected to...

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