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Autistic Elected Official Sues Enfield, CT, Board of Education

This press release is available as a PDF here. One of the first openly autistic people to run for, and be elected to, public office, says she has had to sue her school board for discrimination.  Sarah Selvaggi-Hernandez, an elected member of the Enfield Board of Education, filed suit...

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Julia Bascom’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2019

Hello everyone! Hi! Thank you all so much for being here–it’s great to see so many folks gathered together to celebrate self-advocacy. My heart really needed this. I want to make sure and thank our sponsors for making this night possible, particularly our Gold sponsors, Anthem and Paramount. Thank...

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Sara Luterman’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2019

I was elated, but also a little shocked when I was told I’d received the Harriet McBryde Johnson Award from ASAN. It’s hard to think of myself as being in the same league as previous winners like Dylan Matthews, Eric Garcia, and DJ Savarese.  I don’t just care about...

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Connie Choi’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2019

Thank you for this wonderful surprise and it’s an honor to be here with you all tonight! I was flabbergasted when I received word from ASAN that I was going to receive this award on behalf of the PIF Campaign. The successes that we’ve achieved as a campaign thus...

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Dora Raymaker’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2019

Thank you so much to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network for honoring me and my work with the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education. But thank you even more for being part of that “partnership” piece of AASPIRE. Our histories have grown up together over the past...

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John Marble’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2019

Hi, welcome. I am going to do, a few informational or housekeeping announcements. And then I will explain, who this strange person before you is, and do a more official welcoming as we get into it. You should know, first of all, if you have not been here before:...

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Alice Wong’s Speech for ASAN Gala 2019

I’d like to thank ASAN for inviting me to speak tonight. This...

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ACTION ALERT: National Call-In Day for #ABLEAgeNow

For the past 5 years, ABLE accounts have helped people with disabilities across the country save money without jeopardizing access to Medicaid home and community-based services and other federal supports they need to live in their communities. Unfortunately, millions of people with disabilities aren’t eligible for ABLE accounts because...

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ASAN Opposes Nomination of Steven Menashi

This letter is available as a PDF here. October 31, 2019 Hon. Lindsey Graham Chairman Senate Judiciary Committee224 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.Washington, DC 20510 Hon. Dianne FeinsteinRanking Member Senate Judiciary Committee152 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Graham and Ranking Member Feinstein, The undersigned national disability rights...

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It’s time to get health insurance

Open Enrollment has begun! Open Enrollment is the time every year when people can apply for insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at www.healthcare.gov. If you do not have health insurance through your job, and cannot get insurance through Medicaid or other programs, now is the time to...

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