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ASAN June Update



ASAN June Update


A starfish and some seashells on a beach

Dear friends,

It’s the beginning of July, and we’ve seen a lot of sunny days – now it’s time to shine some of that light on what we’ve been up to in the last month. We’re fresh off the heels of our 7th annual Autism Campus Inclusion leadership academy, where 18 autistic college students from across the country came to Washington, D.C. for a week to hone their advocacy skills—then practice those skills in constituent meetings on Capitol Hill. We alsosent written comments to the Department of Education urging them to implement a 2016 rule to address racial disparities in special education and in school discipline, because reducing these disparities is a key step in dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.

We want to make sure to highlight big developments in a couple of our ongoing projects.Our campaign to #StopTheShock escalated in June—we had a productive meeting with the FDA during which we delivered boxes containing the over 290,000 signatures of community members supporting a ban on electric shock devices. Last month, we also published an in-depth report on our conclusions and recommendations following our prior Invitational Summit on Supported Decision-Making and the Transition to the Community.

Finally, we issued a statement condemning the inhumane policy of separating and detaining immigrant families at the border.  Read our statement to learn more about why we’ve joined a coalition with other civil and human rights groups to demand an end to these horrific policies.

We’ve done a lot of work to lay the foundations for future advocacy efforts. We’re looking forward to sharing more updates with you next month!




Zoe Gross

Director of Operations

Autistic Self Advocacy Network


Autistic Self Advocacy Network

PO Box 66122
Washington, DC 20035

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