Take action for better jobs and fair pay for disabled workers
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by Mar Zapanta-Rosales
2d ago
Disabled people deserve to work at the same places and for the same pay as nondisabled people. This isn’t news — but in 2024, some of us are still being paid less than the minimum wage in segregated workplaces. This is called subminimum wage, and it most commonly happens in sheltered workshops. It is discrimination, and it is unacceptable. That’s why we’re advocating for Congress to include the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (TCIEA) in the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension (HELP) Committee’s workforce markup package. The Transformation to Competitive Integr ..read more
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#StopTheShock Letter to House Appropriations Committee
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by DeanStrauss
1w ago
The full letter is available as a PDF here. July 8, 2024 Honorable Members of the House Appropriations Committee  Dear Representative: We, the undersigned, engage in advocacy and education on the rights, autonomy, and wellbeing of people with disabilities. Physical and psychological harm to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities are issues of great concern to us. We were consequently disturbed to learn about a rider in the subcommittee markup of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies funding bill prohibiting the FDA from ba ..read more
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☀️ ASAN June Update ☀️
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by Ianthe Dempsey
2w ago
ASAN June Newsletter Dear friend, Between LGBTQ Pride Month, Autistic Pride Day, and the Olmstead Anniversary, we always have a lot to celebrate every June. Check out what we’ve been up to this month and what we’re working towards! This month, we’ve continued our work to #StopTheShock. There is currently a bill in the House of Representatives called the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Some Members of Congress added a new section to the bill, Section 722. If this bill becomes law, this section would stop the Food and Drug Ad ..read more
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ASAN condemns overturning of Chevron Doctrine
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by DeanStrauss
2w ago
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) condemns the United States Supreme Court ruling on two combined cases, Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo and Relentless v. Department of Commerce. The decision overturns a decades-old legal principle known as the Chevron Doctrine, which gives federal agencies the authority to reasonably interpret ambiguous laws when they create federal regulations. These regulations are made legally binding through a rulemaking process that is shaped by the public servants within federal agencies, the input of subject area experts across fields, and anyone who choos ..read more
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ASAN condemns ruling in Grants Pass v. Johnson
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by DeanStrauss
2w ago
ASAN is deeply troubled by the Supreme Court’s decision in Grants Pass v. Johnson. On Friday, June 28, the Supreme Court held that enforcing camping bans on public property against people who are unhoused is not cruel and unusual punishment as long as the laws about camping apply to everyone, including people who are housed. The Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. The Court’s ruling means that people who cannot afford housing may be fined or even jailed for sleeping outdoors, even if there are not enough non-religious shelter beds for everyone who is ..read more
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Action Alert: Call-In Days To #StopTheShock
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by Noor Pervez
2w ago
On June 11th, section 722 of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act passed at the subcommittee level. If this rider goes into effect, it would stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from banning the electric shock devices used at the Judge Rotenberg Center. The full House Appropriations Committee will vote on the bill on July 10th. We have until July 10th to stop this bill and save the FDA’s power to ban electric shock torture. By calling and emailing today, we can take action to #StopTheShock! First, check to see if ..read more
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Comments for the July 10th IACC Meeting
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by Noor Pervez
2w ago
These comments are available as a PDF here. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network appreciates the opportunity to submit comments for the July 10, 2024, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) meeting. In our last comments to the IACC, ASAN provided feedback on the 2019-2020 IACC Autism Research Portfolio Analysis Report and the GAO Report titled Autism Research and Support Services: Federal Interagency Coordination and Monitoring Efforts Could Be Further Strengthened. Our comment will focus on the Report to Congress on Activities Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmenta ..read more
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ASAN Announces New Executive Director
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by Noor Pervez
1M ago
The Board of Trustees of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network is pleased to announce that Colin Killick will be stepping into the role of Executive Director beginning November 1st. Colin comes to ASAN with extensive leadership experience in the disability rights movement. For the last five years, he has served as Executive Director of the Disability Policy Consortium, Massachusetts’ main statewide disability rights advocacy organization. In that role, he has worked to advance the rights of people with disabilities across a broad variety of contexts, including a successful campaign to grow state ..read more
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Action Alert: URGENT #StopTheShock Phone Action — Call Now!
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by DeanStrauss
1M ago
UPDATE: Yesterday (June 11th), the House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies subcommittee passed a draft bill. If this bill becomes law, it would stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from banning the electric shock devices used at the Judge Rotenberg Center. You can read more about the draft bill in our action alert below. We thank Representatives Bishop and DeLauro, whose remarks yesterday specifically opposed this dangerous bill rider. There is no need to take the actions listed on this action alert right now. The next committee to vote o ..read more
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Join Us! June 18th Advocacy 101 Webinar
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by Jules Good
1M ago
Are you interested in advocating on issues that matter to you and your community? Do you want to get involved in community organizing and policy advocacy, but are unsure where to start? Join us for an Advocacy 101 webinar on June 18th from 4-6:30 PM ET! This webinar is perfect for people who are interested in getting involved with advocacy work. The first hour of the webinar will cover the basics of systems advocacy work. We will talk about how different kinds of laws and policies can impact disabled people. We will also talk about how everyone can play a part in solving big problems that impa ..read more
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