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ASAN seeks to ensure meaningful involvement of Autistic self-advocates in making policy at all levels. Other category archives, along with past entries sorted by date and tag, can be accessed via the sitemap.

Trump’s new appointee: “I’ve got a cure for mental health – spank your children more”

Dear friends, Last week was a trying time for many who work for disability rights in America. Many of you share our deep concern with policy proposals put forward by the new President-elect, including deep cuts in the Medicaid funding that sustains the vast majority of supports to people...

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ASAN Announces Release of New Plain Language Guide to Voting Rights for People With Disabilities

With two weeks left before Election Day, ASAN is pleased to announce the release of a new plain language voting rights guide for people with intellectual, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities. ASAN developed the guide in coalition with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the National Disability Rights Network,...

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ASAN Announces 2017 Autistic Scholars Fellowship!

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is excited to announce the second year of the Autistic Scholars Fellowship, a scholarship which provides 4 to 6 autistic students with a $5,000 tuition scholarship to promote autistic leadership and create systemic change on their college campuses. Fellows will be required to...

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Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, LGBT Groups Release Statement on Needs of Trans Autistic People

Today, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the National Center for Transgender Equality released a joint statement about the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming autistic people and launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #AutisticTransPride to highlight transgender autistic voices and leadership. Earlier...

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A voice for all: Why I’m fighting to help Autistic students access the form of communication that works best for them.

This March, I filed a complaint with the Department of Justice on behalf of five non-speaking autistic students in Arlington, VA who use letter-boards to communicate (or, as one of these students has dubbed them, the “Arlington Five”). These students are only a few of the many non-speaking autistic...

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ASAN Files ADA Complaint on Communication Access in Schools

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA– As part of its new communication rights initiative, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has filed a groundbreaking complaint with the Department of Justice, seeking communication supports for five non-speaking autistic students in Arlington, Virginia. The Arlington Public Schools system (APS) has repeatedly denied these students’ requests to...

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ASAN Joins Letter Opposing Harmful Mental Health Bill

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has joined a letter led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights opposing legislation that would undermine protection and advocacy organizations for people with psychosocial disabilities, erode privacy protections, and increase institutionalization and coercive interventions. Although our mental health services system is...

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The Right to Make Choices: New Resource on Supported Decision-Making

Are you a person with a disability? Do you have a right to make choices in your life? Are you under guardianship? Does your guardian make choices for you that you don’t want? Do you have the supports that you need to make decisions about where to live, what...

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Statement on Autism Speaks Board Appointments

On December 7, 2015, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued the following statement regarding Autism Speaks’ recent appointment of two Autistic people to its Board of Directors. On December 7, after 10 years of widespread criticism, Autism Speaks announced the appointment of two Autistic people to its Board...

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Help ASAN support self-advocacy on #GivingTuesday

Dear Friends, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a small organization with a large mission: empowering Autistic people throughout the country and helping our community stand up to those who want to silence us. That’s a hard task, but it has to be done. Without a strong, Autistic-led voice...

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