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ASAN October Update

Dear friends,

In a normal month, our newsletter is an upbeat look back at highlights of our work. Unfortunately, this has not been a normal month. We would be remiss to not acknowledge that this month has visited hatred and violence upon so many members of our community. Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones in this past weekend’s massacre, and we stand in solidarity with the many communities that have faced attacks this month because of who they are or how they worship.

In the face of so much hatred and loss, we will not be silent. This past month has shown just how critical it is for our voices to be heard by the people in power—and with election day just one week away, we have the opportunity to make a change. After you’ve made a plan to vote with our new voter resources page, please take time to speak out about an urgent issue that won’t be on the ballot: the administration’s proposed “public charge” rule. Under this rule, the US could deny entry to immigrants solely because of an illness or disability. Read more about this dangerous rule and what you can do to stop it here. Despite all this, we’ve still been able to do more this month than just react and respond. We’ve just published a new anthology that celebrates the diversity of our community titledKnowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People on Life and Autism. We also released anew plain language toolkit focusing on crucial employment policy topics that affect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Finally, there’s still time to get your ticket to our upcoming annual Gala, where we’ll be honoring the strength and resilience of self-advocates and the disability community. We’ve just announced Liz Weintraub, host of “Tuesdays With Liz: Disability Policy For All,” as this year’s keynote speaker. Our annual Gala will be held on November 15 at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C., and we hope you’ll join us. Sincerely, Zoe Gross Director of Operations Autistic Self Advocacy Network

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