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Job Opening: Policy Director

The Policy Director leads ASAN’s policy team and strategically advances ASAN’s policy portfolio. They will work closely with ASAN’s 2 policy analysts and the Executive Director. This job is a full-time, salaried position paying $80,000/year with comprehensive health insurance and other benefits, a retirement plan, commuter benefits, and four...

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ASAN Condemns Block Grant Proposal

The Trump Administration has given states the green light to apply for Medicaid block grants. Allowing states to change their Medicaid funding to block grants is almost certainly illegal, and will mean deep cuts to the Medicaid program in any state that applies. ASAN condemns this decision in the...

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ASAN Condemns New Religious Refusals of Care Rule

ASAN condemns the Trump Administration’s new “Religious Refusals of Care Rule”, which allows hospitals and medical providers to refuse people care based on their religious or moral convictions. This type of policy is a threat to disability rights. The disability community has continually struggled to get the health care...

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ASAN Condemns Family Separation

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network forcefully condemns the Trump Administration’s unconscionable policy of separating immigrant families at the border, and the subsequent incarceration and warehousing of infants and children. This policy is not mandated by law, but is a deliberate act of cruelty the Administration has chosen to inflict...

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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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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 Urges Confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) urges the Senate to confirm Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court. This vacancy cannot be allowed to remain until the inauguration of the next president. We believe that the President’s nominee will fairly examine the...

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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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Autistic Self Advocacy Network Joins Disability Rights Amicus Brief Opposing Physician-Assisted Suicide in New York

On Wednesday January 6, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network joined Not Dead Yet and nine other disability rights organizations in filing a friend-of-the-court brief opposing physician-assisted suicide in New York. The brief, filed in a New York appeals court, supports a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit that sought...

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Secretary Burwell Appoints ASAN Director of Public Policy Sam Crane to IACC

October 28, 2015 Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced its Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell’s appointment of ASAN Director of Public Policy Sam Crane to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). The IACC is a Federal advisory committee that coordinates research and services programs within the Department...

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