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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 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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Letter to NJ Governor on Deaths at Wanaque Center

Governor Phil Murphy125 W State StTrenton, NJ 08608 cc: Shereef Elnahal, M.D., M.B.A.CommissionerDepartment of HealthP. O. Box 360 Trenton, NJ 08625-0360 cc: Carole Johnson, CommissionerNew Jersey Department of Human Services222 S Warren St, Trenton, NJ 08608 Dear Governor Murphy, We are writing you regarding the state of New Jersey’s...

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ASAN Condemns New Religious Refusals of Care Rule

ASAN condemns the Trump Administration’s new “Religious Refusals of Care Rule”, which allows hospitals and medical providers to refuse people care based on their religious or moral convictions. This type of policy is a threat to disability rights. The disability community has continually struggled to get the health care...

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Coalition Statement On Updated HCBS Guidance

This statement is available as a PDF here. Today, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance that reaffirms its commitment to implementing the Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) Rule, including important requirements around the “heightened scrutiny” process for settings that have institutional qualities. First issued...

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Disability Rights Statement On The Deaths At Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

As people with disabilities and loved ones of people with disabilities, as disability rights advocates, and as human beings, we are horrified by the deliberate neglect which led to the deaths of eleven children last fall at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, an institution for medically fragile...

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Congress Must Stop Scapegoating People With Mental Health Disabilities

The House has voted to pass HR 1112, a bill that would close the “Charleston Loophole”, which currently enables some people who have failed criminal background checks to purchase guns. While we would like to applaud this effort to enforce existing common-sense gun laws, an unrelated amendment introduced by...

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ASAN Condemns Trump Administration’s Attack on Transgender Americans

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is considering adopting a federal standard which would exclude transgender and intersex people from the protections of many anti-discrimination laws and policies. There is a significant overlap between the autistic and transgender communities – and since autistic people first...

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ASAN Condemns Proposed ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Regulations

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the Administration’s proposed “Public Charge” regulation, which discriminates against disabled and low-income immigrants and makes pathways to American citizenship contingent upon wealth and the absence of disability. “Public charge” clauses have existed in US immigration law since 1882 and are a clear...

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ASAN Response To ASHA Position Statements

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network opposes the final position statements from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) regarding Facilitated Communication (FC) and Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). These statements take a broad position, based on incomplete and absent evidence, that all communications by users of RPM and FC should...

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ASAN Opposes Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network opposes the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. As a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Kavanaugh has opposed the rights of people with disabilities to make our own choices. He has said that he might want to strike...

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