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How an unexpected collaboration led Utah to amend its discriminatory triage plan | TheHill

The disability community has a history of contention with the government over enforcing federal antidiscrimination mandates.  Clashes have often erupted between the parties. In 1977, disabled activists occupied the San Francisco Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) building for 28 days to protest the delay in enacting regulations to help implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (the […]

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Ellis Hospital emergency room earns certified autism center designation | W/Note Via Eve Reiland

  Note:  That anyone from Autism Speaks has a hand in this is reprehensible. When will we have a voice in our own health care and medical support?   Im an Autistic woman, and Autistic Mother to Autistics who are now adults and ERs are traumatizing and I’d rather die in a gutter these days […]

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ASAN Comments on DOT’s Proposed Rule on Service Animals and Air Travel | Autistic Self Advocacy Network

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network 1  appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Department of Transportation’s proposed rule, 2  which revises Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulations to exclude emotional support animals (ESAs) from recognition as service animals. The proposed rule additionally clarifies the law as it pertains to breed restrictions and what air carriers may request of people […]

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ASAN & Partners Challenge WA’s Discriminatory COVID-19 Plan | Autistic Self Advocacy Network

SEATTLE – As COVID-19 cases increase, the experience in other countries and predictions of U.S. health officials is that there will not be enough acute care services or equipment, such as ventilators, to meet the demand of patients with the virus who require intensive treatment.  Health care professionals in the United States are already developing […]

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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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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 […]

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Before You Sticker Autistics: Reality Snapshot of Autistic, Divergent & Disabled Stigma & Abuse

The abuse towards Autistic, Divergent and Disabled people is unGodly and common. Before we talk about identifying ourselves on government ID, being added to registry lists and so forth — take a look at what I see day in and day out. Headlines of how we’re treated by loved ones, caregivers, school employees, teachers, law […]