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Autistic Self Advocacy Network Pittsburgh Chapter with Jess Hughes

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Jess Hughes, Media Coordinator, Autistic Self Advocacy Network Pittsburgh, joins us for a conversation on the organization's activities, to include the Annual Disability Day of Mourning held each March. Disability Day of Mourning brings awareness to the overwhelming number of murders of people with disabilities by parents and caretakers in recent years.

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is an inclusive international non- profit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN seeks to advance the vision of the disability rights movement in the world of autism. Drawing on the principles of the cross-disability community on issues such as inclusive education and community living, ASAN focuses on organizing the community of autistic adults and youth to have our voices heard in the national conversation about us. In addition, ASAN works to advance the idea of neurological diversity by furthering the view that the goal of autism advocacy should not be to create a world without autistic people. Instead, it should be to create a world in which autistic people enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as all other citizens.

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