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Congress must do more for disability community re: COVID-19 | Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Congress has voted on a third bill to address the impact of COVID-19. The $2 trillion bill includes some small pieces for people with disabilities, but fails to recognize the full needs of our community. People with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19; not only by the virus itself, but by the strain on the […]

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Growing old with autism | Spectrum | Autism Research News

KKurt remembers very little of what happened during the 4th of July weekend in 2009. Then 49, he had been in his apartment when all of a sudden he became dizzy, nauseous and unable to speak properly. The right side of his body felt sluggish, so he called a friend to take him to the […]

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Deaths of disabled children are no less tragic

Created in 2012 in response to the death of George Hodgins, an autistic man, the Disability Day of Mourning candlelight vigil is held each year worldwide on March 1 to commemorate the lives of people with disabilities who have been murdered by their families and caregivers. Within the past five years alone, over 600 people with disabilities have died […]

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ASAN Welcomes Ban of Electric Shock Torture

Today, the Food and Drug Administration released their final ban on the electric skin shock devices used to torture children and adults with disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center. The rule will go into effect in 30 days. The JRC will have 180 days to transition people currently subject to this torture off of the […]

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Disability Day of Mourning honours those killed by their caretakers | Vancouver Sun

Bill MacArthur was raped and beaten as a child, and he saw horrific instances of other sexual, physical and emotional abuse during the four separate times he was sent to the former provincial lunatic asylum/hospital for the insane that became Woodlands School in New Westminster.In a way he considers himself lucky: He lived to tell […]

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Open Letter To ABC30 | Report On Real Autistic Community Issues & Stop Promoting Quackery As Treatment | Eve Reiland

We’ve got an issue here in Fresno, California with quackery posing as real healthcare for Autistic and other vulnerable people. Last year, a news piece about new alternative therapy for Autistic children was aired on ABC30. The piece introduced a four-year-old Autistic boy and his mom, presumably non-Autistic, and then it went on to describe […]

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ASAN Responds To President’s FY2021 Budget Request

For the fourth year in a row, ASAN opposes the President’s annual budget request. This cruel proposal would once again make deep cuts to vital programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), eliminate critical housing supports, cut spending on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by approximately $1 trillion over the next ten years, make […]