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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 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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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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