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Written Testimony at Senate Guardianship Hearing

This testimony is available as a PDF here. Dear Senators Blumenthal and Cruz, On behalf of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), I appreciate the opportunity toprovide written testimony concerning the effects of guardianship on people with intellectual anddevelopmental disabilities, including autistic people. ASAN is a 501(c)(3) advocacy organizationrun...

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🏠 Action Alert: Make HCBS a priority! #CareCantWait 🏠

For months, we’ve been calling on Congress to pass a COVID-19 relief bill that includes robust funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS). During the COVID-19 pandemic, community services are more crucial than ever. Underfunding HCBS can leave people with disabilities on years-long waiting lists for vital services —...

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Action Alert: Tell Congress to update SSI!

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is in dire need of an update. The outdated asset limits and benefits levels keep many people with disabilities in poverty, unable to afford to meet basic needs. Congress can fix this in the next COVID relief package. Contact them with our email...

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This is our shot to stay safe from COVID-19!

Vaccines have been a safe and important tool for preventing life-threatening diseases for decades, from the flu to polio to the measles, and now COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and they give us the chance to play our part in protecting our loved ones from a pandemic that...

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New Toolkit: Sharing Your Story for a Political Purpose

Telling your story is a great way to make a difference — and because it’s your story, there’s no one better to tell it! Our stories are powerful political tools, and we can use them to make real change. Hearing a real person talk about a policy problem gives...

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ASAN Welcomes Legislation To End Subminimum Wage

ASAN applauds Congress for the introduction of the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (TCIEA). If passed, the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act would end subminimum wage for people with disabilities, and create new opportunities to help us get and keep real jobs with real pay. ASAN is...

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Acceptance is an Action: ASAN Statement on 10th Anniversary of AAM

ASAN is pleased to commemorate the 10th annual Autism Acceptance Month this year. Over the past ten years, autistic advocates have transformed our society’s conversation around autism — but much remains to be done before we can truly fulfill the promise of autism acceptance. Autism Acceptance Month was created...

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Disability Day of Mourning 2021

Day of Mourning Virtual Vigil Our virtual vigil was hosted by ASAN Director of Advocacy Zoe Gross. She delivered remarks and read her piece “Killing Words.” We also heard remarks from partners such as the Arc, the National Disability Rights Network, Alice Wong, and more. We also read the...

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ACTION ALERT: #MedicaidCantWait!

Congress is putting together the next COVID-19 relief package now, and the House of Representatives has already included emergency HCBS funding in their version of the COVID relief package. Now we need the Senate to do the same. ...

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New Easy Read fact sheet on the COVID-19 vaccine!

COVID-19 changed the way we live. We do things differently to stay safe from COVID-19. We stay in our homes a lot. We have to wear masks when we go out. It can be harder to get the services we need. How will things get back to normal?...

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