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Autism Is an Identity, Not a Disease: Inside the Neurodiversity Movement

by Katerine Reynolds Lewis   At first glance, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) annual gala in November looked like many a Washington, D.C., nonprofit fundraiser. Approaching the swank ballroom of a downtown hotel, I saw the standard check-in table by the door, and coat check nearby. But with my drink ticket, I received an […]

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Is surgically altering an autistic boy’s voice cruel or kind? | Salon.com | Circa September 28, 2013

A controversial surgery to reduce screaming draws critics — but the boy’s doctor says it’s to help him MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 12:58AM (UTC) Two years ago, Vicki Hanegraaf’s son Kade was, as Dr. Seth Dailey wrote in his medical case report last March, “a 14-year-old boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder and vocal tics.” […]

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Special Olympics athlete Johanna Schoeneck is on the front lines of the coronavirus

JOHANNA SCHOENECK ENTERS her house through the basement door now. That was the first change the coronavirus wrought. She works second shift at a group home, where she’s a direct support professional and helps to care for people who — like her — have intellectual and developmental disabilities. She’s on the clock from 2 in the […]

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Snapshot | Google Alerts – autism | Circa February 1, 2010

Google Alert – autismgoogle alertsx Google Alerts googlealerts-noreply@google.comMon, Feb 1, 2010, 8:30 PM Google News Alert for: autism Bill would force Va. health plans to cover autismBusinessWeekIt’s not even the constant care the autistic boy of 7 requires, making time alone rare for Donna Shank and Greg Rowe and forcing them more than once to […]

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What is Police Violence?: A plain language booklet about anti-Black racism, police violence, and what you can do to stop it | Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Standing against anti-Black police violence is a critical part of fighting for disability rights. With protests against police violence going on all over the country, we wanted to provide an accessible resource for learning about what is happening — and how all of us can help create change. This booklet provides accessible information on topics […]

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YouTuber Gave Up Adopted Chinese Son With Autism After Monetizing Him Online | HuffPost Life

Julia Bascom, the executive director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, told HuffPost in a statement Thursday that this “horrific” story is sadly more common than one would think. “Children with disabilities are more likely than their nondisabled peers to be subject to abuse, neglect, and abandonment and to end up in child welfare systems, […]

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Archived | Autism Spectrum Disorders Newsletter from BellaOnline.com | Circa August 11, 2008

Autism Spectrum Disorders Newsletter from BellaOnline.com AutismSpectrumDisorders@bellaonline.com Mon, Aug 11, 2008, 6:12 PM Greetings Everyone ~ Many in various parts of the US are back at school today.  Here in Los Angeles we have another three weeks.  Camp just ended last Friday so this is the summer vacation until school starts early  September for both my […]