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ASAN Policy Brief: What Impact will the Affordable Care Act have on People with I/DD?

As we grow closer and closer to the full implementation of the landmark health insurance law, many in the disability community are unfamiliar with how the Affordable Care Act will impact them. In addition, advocates looking to monitor and enhance implementation of the ACA for people with disabilities are...

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Secret Shoppers Needed for LEAD Center Project

We Need Your Help! For too long people with invisible disabilities have been left out of the unemployment services system. Although people with invisible disabilities have incredibly high unemployment rates, many workforce developers at American Job Centers (AJCs) (old name One Stop Career Centers) have shared that they feel...

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Disability Community Celebrates Guardianship Decision For Adult Woman With Down Syndrome

Guardianship request by estranged parents denied; disabled woman granted right to self-determination and citizenship The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement today expressing full support and celebration at the decision handed down by the court today granting Jenny Hatch full legal control over her own life. Jenny Hatch,...

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Freddie Mac Seeks Autistic Interns

Freddie Mac, a leading mortgage finance company, is partnering with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to fill four 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 Statement on Fein Study on Autism and “Recovery”

Recently, an article argued that some Autistic children reach what they call the “optimal outcome” of moving out of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study greatly concerns ASAN, both in terms of its inherent scientific limitations and the dangerous values framework behind it. Adults who clearly met criteria for...

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Joint Letter to Gov. Gregoire Urging Against Appealing M.R. v. Dreyfus to the Supreme Court

August 28, 2012  Dear Governor Gregoire: On behalf of the undersigned national disability rights and aging organizations  representing millions of Americans with disabilities, we strongly urge you not to file a petition  for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of M.R. v. Dreyfus. 1 Filing a petition for...

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ACTION ALERT: Tell HHS to Stop “Creative Accounting” with Autism Research

On July 10th, the federal government’s Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) released a new report analyzing the distribution of autism research dollars in 2010. This report – entitled the IACC ASD Research Portfolio – is an annual responsibility of the federal government under Public Law 112-32. At first...

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ASAN expresses concern regarding new HHS report on autism research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ASAN expresses concern regarding new HHS report on autism research New report uses “creative accounting” to reflect increase in services-research; confirms persistent under-representation of adult needs Washington, DC – July, 10th, 2012 – This morning, the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) within the federal Department...

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ASAN Public Comment on DSM-5 ASD Criteria

Today is the last day to provide public comment to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) regarding the definition of ASD within the DSM-5, the manual used by physicians and many policymakers to define autism and other disability diagnoses. You can find information regarding how to comment on our website,...

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