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Today, the ASAN offices are closed to commemorate Juneteenth. To learn more about Juneteenth, check out this article: teenvogue.com/story/juneteen…
"For Black disabled people, self-love is not simply an aesthetic or a trend but a fundamental lifeline we tap into through unapologetic advocacy work and collective support and remembering." cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/…
"Crisis in our Communities: Racial Disparities in Community Living" explains how unfair policies have led to inequality in emergency management, employment, community supports, the criminal legal system, housing, health care and more. Read it here: autisticadvocacy.org/policy/toolkit…
Support community reparations for Autistic People of Color through the Autistic People of Color Fund! autismandrace.com/autistic-peopl…
“I know that, though the freedom our ancestors celebrated over 150 years ago was an important milestone, it was not the end of our struggle. In the words of Donald ‘Duck’ Matthews from The Five Heartbeats, ‘We haven’t finished yet.’” blackyouthproject.com/what-do-we-nee…
"We move together as people with mixed abilities, multiracial, multi-gendered, mixed class, across the sexual spectrum, with a vision that leaves no bodymind behind... Disability justice is a vision and practice of what is yet-to-be." static1.squarespace.com/static/5bed367…
Support currently and formerly incarcerated deaf/disabled folks with a gift to HEARD: behearddc.org/donate/
Check out this list of resources about being Black and disabled, collected by the HBCU Disability Consortium: blackdisabledandproud.org/disability-101…
Check out this webinar from 2020’s Juneteenth conference: "We have an opportunity and a duty to empower Black people with technology. One of the most powerful ways we can do this is to make our messaging accessible—no matter the platform or media." juneteenthconf.com/sessions-2020/…
We’re wrapping up autistic pride day with a reminder that it’s ok if you are still learning how to be proud. You get proud by practicing - and your community is here for you. Happy autistic pride day! thenthdegree.com/proudpoem.asp
"Everyone communicates…communication is the foundation of patient care and is necessary for self-determination…Parents and caregivers should presume competence and expose children to rich experiences, books, information, and language." researchautism.org/reducing-chall…
Tomorrow is Juneteenth! Check out these resources for teaching about Juneteenth, understanding, and culture as resistance: learningforjustice.org/magazine/teach…
“If we have to consider teaching self-regulation (a useful skill, to be sure!) as an argument for why we shouldn't be taking away a person's communication access, things have already gone badly wrong.” yesthattoo.blogspot.com/2017/11/self-r…
“Autistic people are more likely than neurotypical people to be gender diverse, several studies show, and gender-diverse people are more likely to have autism than are cisgender people.” spectrumnews.org/news/largest-s…
“To dispel harmful stereotypes, researchers must include and track autistic black people. For adult black women with autism to get programs and services that address our needs, researchers first need to acknowledge that we exist.” spectrumnews.org/opinion/viewpo…
“Activists argue that rather than trying to ‘cure’ or treat the neurodivergent, society should learn to accept, appreciate, and accommodate their needs” elemental.medium.com/autism-is-an-i…
We’re kicking off autistic pride day by sharing our resource “Welcome to the Autistic Community.” Take a look! Autismacceptance.com
Sign up for our newsletter for updates on the actions we've been taking every month. autisticadvocacy.org/get-involved/n…
Disabled advocates have fought to end the use of electric shocks at the JRC for decades. The bipartisan effort to #StopTheShock was included in the House bill—now the Senate must do the same. autisticadvocacy.org/2022/06/asan-a…
Applications for the Heumann-Armstrong Awards are open! Students with a commitment to fighting against ableism in education will be awarded $1000 prizes. Find more info here: youtu.be/OGCnnkdowmM And apply by July 22, 2022 here: bit.ly/3lxxfuU
Check out this webinar from YouTube series the Other Side, featuring autistic actor Mickey Rowe and benefiting ASAN! Tomorrow at 3pm Eastern. us06web.zoom.us/webinar/regist…
ASAN joined dozens of disability advocates and organizations in signing a letter opposing the Supreme Court’s draft decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson case overturning Roe v. Wade. docs.google.com/document/u/1/d…
We are committed to centering equity, intersectionality, and anti-racism in our work. Our strategic plan directs us to focus on work that benefits our multiply-marginalized community members. Check it out here: autisticadvocacy.org/2021equitystra…
Becoming a member allows us to continue creating accessible resources, fostering autistic leadership, making sure everyone can participate in civic engagement, and so much more. autisticadvocacy.org/join
“The breadth of disability, like the breadth of LGBTQ experience, should be part of our recognition of our LGBTQ history and who made that history.” epgn.com/2020/10/20/the…
What is a booster? How is it different from a third shot? Why are things changing? We have the answers to all of your questions in our video: youtube.com/watch?v=i1W0M-…
We’re one big step closer to stopping the shock! Call your two Senators and ask them to pass their version of the bill, the FDA Safety and Landmark Advancements Act, with the amendment banning electric shocks for behavior modification included. autisticadvocacy.org/2022/06/action…
Congress has the power to #StopTheShock through a FDA-related bill. The Senate HELP Committee’s amendment to the FDASLA Act, which bans the use of electric shocks as a method of behavioral control, has passed the committee with bipartisan support.
This article highlights the key findings from the most recent Residential Information Systems Project (RISP) report from the University of Minnesota, which collects information about the places people with I/DD live. drcnh.org/rap-sheet/a-pl…
Ukrainians with intellectual disabilities must be included in humanitarian relief efforts. Learn how to support them here: inclusion-international.org/campaign/help-…
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a 3rd round of free at-home tests. Older adults and disabled people who need help ordering and using COVID-19 tests and accessing antivirals can contact the Disability Information and Access Line: acl.gov/DIAL
Systemic ableism and racism intersect to create barriers to reproductive rights in health care, education, and the child welfare system. Learn more in our reports, created with the National Partnership for Women & Families: nationalpartnership.org/ReproandDisabi…
Now more than ever, we all need to keep fighting for our rights. Check out our new toolkit “Rights and Respect” to learn more about LGBTQ+ rights and how to speak up for them! autisticadvocacy.org/resources/resp…
"You really do have to play 'hot potato' with your money, never saving more than three months of income (assuming you get the usual benefit) at a time…And if you fail at this, you may well lose your health insurance." fullstackeconomics.com/how-policy-pun…
Support community reparations for Autistic People of Color through the Autistic People of Color Fund! autismandrace.com/autistic-peopl…
Check out this list of ways schools can support fat, disabled, and LGBTQ students, especially high schools: glsen.org/blog/5-ways-sc…
"I want other people with Down syndrome and other disabilities to have high expectations for themselves and do what they love, do what they want to do with their education," nbcwashington.com/news/local/nor…
We’re hiring! Now’s your chance to join the ASAN team as a Programs Associate, helping us put together programs like ACI. Get started here: autisticadvocacy.org/2022/05/job-op…
In this video, older adults talk about why they got their COVID-19 booster shots and why they hope others do too. youtube.com/watch?v=NOFd5Y…
"There’s wide caucus support for expanding access to HCBS and we and our Hill champions are going to continue to push hard for this to be included." forbes.com/sites/andrewpu…
Our rights to medical privacy, marriage, housing and more can all be impacted by the Supreme Court's ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Learn more: autisticadvocacy.org/2022/06/dobbs-…
Check out this list celebrating disabled heroes of the queer rights movement: sites.duke.edu/disabilityprid…
Congress has the power to ban electric shock torture at the JRC through a FDA-related bill. The House just passed its version, and now it’s time for the Senate to act. The Senate must pass their bill with a ban included—call your Senators! autisticadvocacy.org/2022/06/action…
Last week, ASAN joined several disability leaders for a meeting with the White House to discuss bodily autonomy, self-determination, health equity, and the disproportionate effect that Americans with disabilities will face if Roe v Wade is overturned. whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/…
Last week, @nytimes printed another really demeaning article: “Sabrina’s Parents Love Her, But Her Meltdowns Are Too Much.” Today my Letter to the Editor is in the Metropolitan print edition. #ListenToNonspeakers
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Keep up to date on our ongoing policy work with our newsletter! Sign up here: autisticadvocacy.org/get-involved/n…
Everyone deserves to live in their community, not in an institution. But a lot of the resources about institutions aren’t accessible to the people who need them the most. Our toolkits are here to change that: autisticadvocacy.org/policy/toolkit…
You can now order 8 more COVID-19 tests free of charge! Older adults and disabled people who need help placing orders, finding accessible instructions, and administering tests can contact the Disability Information and Access Line: acl.gov/DIAL
“The disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on disabled Indigenous communities is yet another aspect of a colonial genocide that has never ended." truthout.org/articles/indig…
This resource suggests ways to respond and be supportive to disabled people who are coming out as LGBTQ. There are also quotes from people with developmental disabilities about coming out. Check it out! gmsavt.org/resources/top-…
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