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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.

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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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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COVID-19 Hotspots Crisis Standard of Care Plans Challenged

COVID-19 Hotspots Arizona and Texas Crisis Standard of Care Plans Challenged by State and National Groups in Federal Complaints  This document is available as a PDF here. A coalition of state and national disability and civil rights advocacy groups have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Health and...

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ASAN Condemns HCBS Settings Rule Delay

ASAN condemns the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for their continued delay of the HCBS Settings Rule. The Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule, or HCBS Settings Rule for short, would help people with disabilities exercise our right to live in the community. This rule, which was originally...

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ASAN & AWN Call for Relief for Matthew Rushin

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network have filed a joint statement of concern with the Governor of Virginia regarding the Matthew Rushin case. We urge the Governor to review Mr. Rushin’s case, provide relief, and pursue systemic reforms to end mass incarceration in...

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Medical Rationing Complaint Filed by ASAN and Partners Resolved

This statement is available as a PDF here. RESOLUTION OF FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT RAISES THE BAR IN PROHIBITING MEDICAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC For Immediate Release June 26, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil...

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ASAN, Partners Release New Guidelines On Support In Health Settings

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) says that we have the right to reasonable accommodations in health settings. That can include the right to a supporter. But in response to the current COVID-19 crisis, many hospitals and other health settings have developed restrictive visitor policies. Many of these policies...

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ASAN Comments on Proposed Fair Housing Rule

This letter is available as a PDF here. March 16, 2020 Regulations Division, Office of General CounselDepartment of Housing and Urban Development451 7th Street SW, Room 10276Washington, DC 20410-0500 ASAN Comments Re: HUD-2020-0011, RIN 2577-AA97, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”  The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)1The Autistic Self Advocacy Network...

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ASAN Welcomes Ban of Electric Shock Torture

Today, the Food and Drug Administration released their final ban on the electric skin shock devices used to torture children and adults with disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center. The rule will go into effect in 30 days. The JRC will have 180 days to transition people currently subject...

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ASAN Joins Restraint and Seclusion Lawsuit

This press release is available as a PDF here. October 8, 2019 Contact: Regina Kline, Esq. rkline@browngold.com Washington, DC – A lawsuit filed today alleges that students with disabilities in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) experience unjustified discrimination, psychological trauma, and physical harm from the widespread and improper use...

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