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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.

Comments for January 19th IACC Meeting

These comments are available as a PDF here. Thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments for the IACC’s public meeting on January 19th, 2022.  In prior comments in November, ASAN emphasized the importance of addressing diagnostic disparities in autism, as well as the need for more lifecourse-focused...

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Letter From the Disability Community to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky

This document is available as a PDF here. On Friday, January 7, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky spoke in an interview about a research study showing that among vaccinated COVID-19 patients, 78% of those who died had four or more co-occurring conditions. In her full, unedited remarks, Dr. Walensky...

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Functioning Labels Harm Autistic People

On December 6th, a group of autism researchers commissioned by The Lancet released a report on the future of autism services and research. This report primarily deals with the need for better services and research for autistic people, including the need for individualized services, and research that prioritizes quality...

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ASAN Statement on DC Circuit’s Denial of Rehearing in Judge Rotenberg Center Case

Today, ASAN learned that the DC Circuit Court refused to reconsider a court ruling that allows the Judge Rotenberg Center to continue using skin shocks on disabled people. ASAN is outraged at the DC Circuit’s decision. ASAN calls on the FDA to do whatever it takes to reinstate a...

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ASAN Statement on Updated Autism Diagnosis Numbers

Today, the Centers for Disease Control released the Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Monitoring (ADDM) Network report. This report estimates how many autistic 8 year olds there are in certain areas of the country. The report shows that better recognition of autism and continued efforts to reduce racial and gender...

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ASAN joins COPAA, Communication First and families in settlement banning restraint and seclusion in Fairfax County Schools

On November 23, 2021, ASAN, COPAA and CommunicationFIRST joined numerous individual families in signing a settlement agreement with Fairfax County, VA about its use of seclusion and restraint.  We were represented by Brown, Goldstein, & Levy, a law firm in Baltimore with a history of protecting the rights of...

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House Passes Largest-Ever Federal Investment in HCBS

This morning, the House passed the Build Back Better Act. This bill includes the largest-ever federal investment in home- and community-based services (HCBS) to date — $150 billion for better access to services, better pay for workers, and better quality services. ASAN thanks our grassroots for their persistent, unyielding...

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Comments for October 13-14th IACC Meeting

These comments are available as a PDF here. Thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments on the IACC’s public meeting on October 13th and 14th, 2021. In our prior comments in July 2021, ASAN emphasized the importance of using the reconvening of the IACC as an opportunity...

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ASAN, DREDF File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Reproductive Health Case

This brief is available as a PDF here. On Monday, ASAN and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) filed an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case about reproductive choice. An amicus brief is a way for people who aren’t participating in a lawsuit to tell a...

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ASAN Commends FDA’s Move to Appeal Judge Rotenberg Center Ruling

ASAN is pleased that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has filed an appeal to a court ruling that would enable the Judge Rotenberg Center to continue using skin shocks on disabled people.  In 2020, the FDA banned the use of skin shock devices on people with disabilities –...

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