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Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, LGBT Groups Release Statement on Needs of Trans Autistic People

Today, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the National Center for Transgender Equality released a joint statement about the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming autistic people and launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #AutisticTransPride to highlight transgender autistic voices and leadership. Earlier...

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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 Statement on the Attempted Murder of Issy Stapleton

The following statement was released by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network in response to the recent attempted murder of Issy Stapleton, an autistic teenager in Michigan. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is profoundly concerned by a growing trend in the media and on the part of certain autism groups...

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ASAN Expresses Deep Concern over Scarborough Remarks Suggesting Aurora Shooter on the Autism Spectrum

National Autistic Advocacy Organization Urges MSNBC Host to retract unfounded comments Washington, DC – July 23, 2012 – The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the leading national advocacy organization run by and for adults on the autism spectrum, issued a statement today expressing concern and disappointment regarding comments by MSNBC...

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Killing Words

by Zoe Gross Let me present to you a sequence of events. On March 6th, a 22-year-old autistic man named George Hodgins was murdered in Sunnyvale, California. His mother, Elizabeth, pulled out a gun, shot him point-blank, and then killed herself. In the following days and weeks, journalists wrote...

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ASAN Statement on the Exclusion of Tyler Long’s Autism Spectrum Diagnosis from the Documentary Bully

Over the course of the last several years, growing public attention to issues of bullying – driven in part by the tragic suicides of a number of students subject to bullying and harassment in schools – have helped to drive greater focus by policymakers, educators and the public to...

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Tony Attwood Says What He Really Thinks

Attwood himself started using, and still uses, the term “Cassandra Phenomenon” and also feels quite comfortable using “affective deprivation” at the same time that he publicly pretends to distance himself from the whole concept. In addition his unprofessional talk of the partner of a person with AS “becoming Aspie-...

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ASAN’s Response to Dr. Tony Attwood

Dr. Tony Attwood Provides Inadequate Reply: After ASAN called on him to disassociate himself from hate groups, Dr. Attwood replied with only a form letter, sent to numerous recipients, which wholly failed to address his associations with Maxine Aston and FAAAS and the ongoing harm to Autistics and others...

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Cassandra’s Impact on Autistic Victims of Domestic Violence

Like other people with disabilities, many autistic people who are victims of abusive relationships are particularly vulnerable and may have great difficulty escaping from a life-threatening situation. If, because of the bigoted stereotype that the autistic partner is always to blame for family problems, an abused autistic's cries for...

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