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ASAN issues press releases to inform the public of our policy positions and actions. Other categories of articles, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

ASAN Joins ACLU Brief in Britney Spears Conservatorship Case

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network joined the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and numerous other civil rights organizations in filing an amicus brief in Britney Spears’ conservatorship case. An amicus brief, also called a “friend of the court” brief, is a way for advocates to tell the court what...

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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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ASAN Urges Congress to Pass the Keeping All Students Safe Act

ASAN commends Congress for its reintroduction 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 harmful practices. We urge...

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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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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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Acceptance is an Action: ASAN Statement on 10th Anniversary of AAM

ASAN is pleased to commemorate the 10th annual Autism Acceptance Month this year. Over the past ten years, autistic advocates have transformed our society’s conversation around autism — but much remains to be done before we can truly fulfill the promise of autism acceptance. Autism Acceptance Month was created...

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Disability Organizations: MUSIC Is Dangerous

This press release can be viewed as a PDF here. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 3, 2021 Contacts:  Tauna Szymanski, tszymanski@communicationfirst.org                   Zoe Gross, media@autisticadvocacy.org                   Guy Stephens, guystephens@endseclusion.org  Disability Organizations: MUSIC Is Dangerous Organizations condemn and urge extreme caution after movie team fails to address recommendations to protect autistic...

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