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Autism and the Disability Community: The Politics of Neurodiversity, Causation and Cure

“Autism and the Disability Community: The Politics of Neurodiversity, Causation and Cure” By Ari Ne’eman October 29th, 2013, Emory University. Transcript: First, thank you so much for having me here; a particular thanks goes to the Disability Studies Initiative here at Emory, but also to all of you here...

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Announcing the 2017 Autistic Scholars Fellows!

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is very pleased to announce the recipients of our 2017 Autistic Scholars Fellowship! ASAN awards $5,000 tuition scholarships to 4 to 6 Autistic college students who demonstrate a strong commitment to disability rights advocacy, Autistic culture and community, and disability accessibility and inclusion on college...

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2016 ASAN Gala: Speech by Julia Bascom

Video Introduction by Steve Silberman, Master of Ceremonies It is my incredible pleasure to introduce ASAN’s incoming director, Julia Bascom. One of the most remarkable things about ASAN is how over the last 10 years it’s gone from being a few people working out of their college...

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ASAN Statement on GOP Primary Debate Comments on Autism and Vaccination

Despite a wealth of scientific evidence debunking any link between autism and vaccinations, tonight’s Republican primary debate featured prominent commentary from a leading candidate repeating inaccurate information suggesting a link. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is disappointed that long after the science has spoken, politicians and pundits continue to...

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ASAN Statement On JRC At Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network strongly condemns the Association for Behavior Analysis International for their decision to feature the Judge Rotenberg Center at their 2015 annual conference. The Judge Rotenberg Center, which uses contingent electric shock to modify the behavior of disabled students and has been condemned by the...

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#NoModernAsylums: ASAN Statement Condemning NYTimes Op-Ed Supporting Institutionalization

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is appalled by Christine Montross’s February 18th op-ed in the New York Times promoting a return to mental institutions. Montross’s op-ed is part of a dangerous agenda to send people with disabilities back to institutions. She cites cases of intense support needs and behavioral difficulties...

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ASAN Calls for Neli Latson’s Release

In early 2010, police responded to calls about a “suspicious black male” and found a young black man waiting outside a local school library. An officer approached Reginald “Neli” Latson, then-18 and also autistic. He did not give his name when asked, and he attempted to walk away. The...

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Call for Resumes: Freddie Mac Seeks Autistic Interns for Fall Semester

Freddie Mac, a leading mortgage finance company, is partnering with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to fill three paid internship opportunities. The ASAN-Freddie Mac Internship Program is an opportunity for recent graduates and current students on the autism spectrum to gain work experience and enter the workforce of a...

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ASAN Testimony to the Neurological Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the FDA

ASAN President Ari Ne’eman gave the following testimony urging the ban of aversive-conditioning devices to the Neurological Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Good morning. My name is Ari Ne’eman, and I am testifying here in my role as President...

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Call For Resumes: Freddie Mac Seeks Autistic Interns

Freddie Mac, a leading mortgage finance company, is partnering with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to fill three paid internship opportunities. The ASAN-Freddie Mac Internship Program is an opportunity for recent graduates and current students on the autism spectrum to gain work experience and enter the workforce of a...

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