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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 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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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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