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ASAN President Ari Ne’eman on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

Tomorrow at 9:15 AM

Yesterday was a historic day for the Autistic self-advocacy movement. For the first time, we had representation at a congressional hearing on autism. Although much of yesterday’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs hearing focused on the same tired old questions on causation and cure, but thanks to your efforts, we had a seat at the table to offer another perspective for the first time.

Tomorrow, we’ll have a chance to continue having our voices heard. C-SPAN’s influential morning call-in program Washington Journal has invited ASAN President Ari Ne’eman to come on the show tomorrow morning from 9:15-10 AM to discuss federal disability policy, autism acceptance and the neurodiversity movement. And we want you to be a part of it.

To participate, you can call-in, email or tweet. C-SPAN has specifically urged Autistic people to participate, and has provided a dedicated call in line to help make sure we get on the air.

Call-In Numbers:   

Democrats: (202) 585-3880  

Republicans: (202) 585-3881  

Independents: (202) 585-3882  

Autistic People: (202) 585-3883 

Email: journal@c-span.org 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cspanwj 

Please follow us as we also livetweet from @autselfadvocacy with hashtag #AutismOnCSPAN.

Tweet by John Schwegel

Today, November 27th, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is headed to the Senate!

You’ve probably heard from us before about the importance of the CRPD in affirming the rights of people with disabilities, both here and around the world. Today it is finally headed to the Senate. 

Join us in letting our Senators know the disability community supports the ratification of the CRPD!

Tweet your Senators with the hashtag “#UNCRPD” voicing your support. You can find your Senator’s twitter handle here, or by scrolling to the end of this email.

Sample tweet: “@[Senator’s username] I support the ratification of the #UNCRPD! Will you support it with me?”

You can also choose to call both of your Senators. Their contact information can be found on the Senate website.

Let them know why it is so important that this ratification passes! For more information about the CRPD and why it is so important, please visit the USICD website.

Remember: Nothing About Us, Without Us!

Twitter handles for the Senators of all 50 states:

Sen. Jeff Sessions    Alabama    @SenSessions
Sen. Richard Shelby    Alabama    @SenShelbyPress

Sen. Mark Begich    Alaska    @SenatorBegich
Sen. Lisa Murkowski    Alaska    @LisaMurkowski

Sen. Jon Kyl    Arizona    @SenJonKyl
Sen. John McCain    Arizona    @SenJohnMcCain

Sen. John Boozman    Arkansas    @JohnBoozman
Sen. Mark Pryor    Arkansas    @SenMarkPryor

Sen. Barbara Boxer    California    @SenatorBoxer
Sen. Dianne Feinstein    California    @SenFeinstein

Sen. Michael Bennet    Colorado    @SenBennetCO
Sen. Mark Udall    Colorado    @MarkUdall

Sen. Richard Blumenthal    Connecticut    @SenBlumenthal
Sen. Joe Lieberman    Connecticut    @JoeLieberman

Sen. Thomas Carper    Deleware    @SenatorCarper
Sen. Chris Coons    Deleware    @ChrisCoons

Sen. Bill Nelson    Florida    @SenBillNelson
Sen. Marco Rubio    Florida    @MarcoRubio

Sen. Saxby Chambliss    Georgia    @SaxbyChambliss
Sen. Johnny Isakson    Georgia    @SenIsakson

Sen. Daniel Akaka    Hawaii    @SenAkaka
Sen. Daniel Inouye    Hawaii    @Daniel_Inouye

Sen. Mike Crapo    Idaho    @MikeCrapo
Sen. James Risch    Idaho    N/A

Sen. Richard Durbin    Illinois    @SenatorDurbin
Sen. Mark Kirk    Illinois    @SenatorKirk

Sen. Dan Coats    Indiana    @SenDanCoats
Sen. Richard ‘Dick’ Lugar    Indiana    @SenLugar

Sen. Chuck Grassley    Iowa    @ChuckGrassley
Sen. Tom Harkin    Iowa    @SenatorHarkin

Sen. Jerry Moran    Kansas    @JerryMoran
Sen. Pat Roberts    Kansas    @SenPatRoberts

Sen. Mitch McConnell    Kentucky    @McConnellPress
Sen. Rand Paul    Kentucky    @SenRandPaul

Sen. Mary Landrieu    Louisiana    @SenLandrieu
Sen. David Vitter    Louisiana    @DavidVitter

Sen. Susan Collins    Maine    @SenatorCollins
Sen. Olympia Snowe    Maine    @SenatorSnowe

Sen. Benjamin Cardin    Maryland    @SenatorCardin
Sen. Barbara Mikulski    Maryland    @SenatorBarb

Sen. Scott Brown    Massacheusetts    @USSenScottBrown
Sen. John Kerry    Massacheusetts    @JohnKerry

Sen. Carl Levin    Michigan    @SenCarlLevin
Sen. Debbie Stabenow    Michigan    @StabenowPress or @Stabenow

Sen. Al Franken    Minnesota    @AlFranken
Sen. Amy Klobuchar    Minnesota    @AmyKlobuchar

Sen. Thad Cochran    Mississippi    @SenThadCochran
Sen. Roger Wicker    Mississippi    @SenatorWicker

Sen. Roy Blunt    Missouri    @RoyBlunt
Sen. Claire McCaskill    Missouri    @McCaskillOffice

Sen. Max Baucas    Montana    @MaxBaucus
Sen. John Tester    Montana    @JonTester

Sen. Mike Johanns    Nebraska    @Mike_Johanns
Sen. Ben Nelson    Nebraska   @SenBenNelson

Sen. Dean Heller    Nevada    @SenDeanHeller
Sen. Harry Reid    Nevada    @SenatorReid

Sen. Kelly Ayotte    New Hampshire    @KellyAyotte
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen    New Hampshire    @SenatorShaheen

Sen. Frank Lautenberg    New Jersey    @FrankLautenberg
Sen. Robert Menendez    New Jersey    @SenatorMenendez

Sen. Jeff Bingaman    New Mexico    N/A
Sen. Tom Udall    New Mexico    @SenatorTomUdall

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand    New York    @SenGillibrand
Sen. Chuck Schumer    New York    @ChuckSchumer

Sen. Richard Burr    North Carolina    @SenatorBurr
Sen. Kay Hagen    North Carolina    @SenatorHagen

Sen. Kent Conrad    North Dakota    @SenateBudget
Sen. John Hoeven    North Dakota    @SenJohnHoeven

Sen. Sherrod Brown    Ohio    @SenSherrodBrown
Sen. Rob Portman    Ohio    @RobPortman

Sen. Tom Coburn    Oklahoma    @TomCoburn
Sen. Jim Inhofe    Oklahoma    @JimInhofe or InhofePress

Sen. Jeff Merkley    Oregon    @SenJeffMerkley
Sen. Ron Wyden    Oregon    @RonWyden

Sen. Robert Casey    Pennsylvania    @SenBobCasey
Sen. Patrick Toomey    Pennsylvania    @SenToomey

Sen. Jack Reed    Rhode Island    @SenJackReed
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse    Rhode Island    @SenWhitehouse

Sen. Jim DeMint    South Carolina    @JimDeMint
Sen. Lindsey Graham    South Carolina    @GrahamBlog

Sen. Tim Johnson    South Dakota    @SenJohnsonSD
Sen. John Thune    South Dakota    @SenJohnThune

Sen. Lamar Alexander    Tennessee    @SenAlexander
Sen. Bob Corker    Tennessee    @SenBobCorker

Sen. John Cornyn    Texas    @JohnCornyn
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison    Texas    @KayBaileyHutchison

Sen. Orrin Hatch    Utah    @SenOrrinHatch or @OrrinHatch
Sen. Mike Lee    Utah    @SenMikeLee

Sen. Patrick Leahy    Vermont    @SenatorLeahy
Sen. Bernie Sanders    Vermont    @SenSanders

Sen. Mark Warner    Virginia    @MarkWarner
Sen. Jim Webb    Virginia    N/A

Sen. Maria Cantwell    Washington    @CantwellPress
Sen. Patty Murray    Washington    @PattyMurray

Sen. Joe Manchin    West Virginia    @Sen_JoeManchin
Sen. John Rockefeller    West Virginia    @SenRockefeller

Sen. Herb Kohl    Wisconsin    N/A
Sen. Ron Johnson    Wisconsin    @SenRonJohnson

Sen. John Barrasso    Wyoming    @SenJohnBarrasso
Sen. Michael Enzi    Wyoming    @SenatorEnzi

On November 29th, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will be holding a hearing on autism. Invited witnesses include people from government agencies, parent autism advocacy organizations, AND Autistic self-advocacy organizations. We are pleased to report that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform staff have just reached out to us to invite Autistic representation to this Thursday’s hearing.

Thanks to all of you for making your voices heard and to the House Committee for hearing the message Nothing About Us, Without Us! Whether you faxed letters of support for Autistic representation at the upcoming hearing or signed our petition, your voice has been heard. Now Autistic voices will be heard as well. ASAN President Ari Ne’eman has been invited as one of not one but TWO Autistic witnesses scheduled to testify at the hearing.

The journey doesn’t end there. Come join us in showing support to Autistic people speaking! We’ll be gathering together at the Rayburn House Office, Room 2154 on the day of the hearing. The hearing itself will begin at 2 PM, but as we anticipate a packed room ASAN will begin gathering besides the door to the hearing at 11 AM. RSVP via our Facebook event page.

You made this happen!



The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Have you cast your vote in the current election? 

The National Council on Disability, in collaboration with the National Disability Rights Network and EIN SOF Communications, is collecting information about the voting experiences of people with disabilities. In early 2013, they will release a report based on their findings.

Although it violates state and federal laws, many polling places across the country are inaccessible to people with disabilities. According to a Government Accounting Office report found in 2008, only 27% of polling places were fully accessible. This means that many disabled people are denied their fundamental right to vote in federal, state, and local elections. 

To help the NCD determine how people with disabilities are faring in this election, fill out their brief questionnare about your own voting experience.  

For more information, or to download an alternative hard copy of the questionnaire, visit the National Council on Disability website.