Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy organization run by and for individuals on the autism spectrum. ASAN advocates for the inclusion of autistic people in decisions that affect them, including: legislation, depiction in the media, and disability services. ASAN has protested Autism Speaks for promoting policies that are harmful to autistic people, for promoting stigma against autistic people, and for systematically excluding autistic people from debates about issues that affect them. ASAN has also protested the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, a school for autistic and special needs students that has been condemned by the United Nations for torture. ASAN is based in Washington, D.C., where it advocates for the United States government to adopt legislation and policies that positively impact autistic people. (Via Wikipedia)

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