Category Archives: autistic activists

ASAN Responds to GOP Debate on Vaccines: Not Better Off Dead Than Disabled

[Editor’s Note:  This awesomely strong and timely Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s response to the GOP debate remarks on autism and vaccines is reprinted with permission.] ASAN Statement on GOP Primary Debate Comments on Autism and Vaccination September 16, 2015 Despite a wealth of scientific evidence debunking any link between autism and vaccinations, tonight’s Republican primary … Continue reading ASAN Responds to GOP Debate on Vaccines: Not Better Off Dead Than Disabled

Not Dead Yet Applauds Second Thoughts Connecticut As Disability Advocates Prepare to Testify Against Assisted Suicide Bill

[Editor’s Note:  A PRWeb version of the press release below is online in pdf format here.] Not Dead Yet applauds Second Thoughts Connecticut, as disability advocates held a press conference Monday and now prepare to testify against an assisted suicide bill (HB 7015) at a Connecticut House Judiciary Committee hearing being held on Wednesday, March … Continue reading Not Dead Yet Applauds Second Thoughts Connecticut As Disability Advocates Prepare to Testify Against Assisted Suicide Bill

Georgetown Voice – “Death Without Dignity: The Dangers of Assisted Suicide” by Lydia Brown

Disability rights activists, scholars and advocates are familiar with Lydia Brown, whose writings, presentations, advocacy and activism have had a big impact in and outside of the disability community over the past few years. Today, the college newspaper Georgetown Voice published a response and counter to an editorial that endorsed a proposal that would legalize … Continue reading Georgetown Voice – “Death Without Dignity: The Dangers of Assisted Suicide” by Lydia Brown

Autistic Self Advocacy Network: “ASAN Condemns Media Coverage of the Attempted Murder of Issy Stapleton” (Release)

ASAN Condemns Media Coverage of the Attempted Murder of Issy Stapleton October 14, 2013 The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement on Monday, October 14th, expressing dismay at the media coverage of the attempted murder of Issy Stapleton, age 14. Both local and national media coverage of Issy’s attempted murder have emphasized her mother’s … Continue reading Autistic Self Advocacy Network: “ASAN Condemns Media Coverage of the Attempted Murder of Issy Stapleton” (Release)

Disability and Representation blog: “Amanda Baggs, The Pressure To Die, and the Case Against Assisted Suicide” by Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg

For about a week now, activists and advocates have been engaging in the fight to safeguard the health and safety of Amanda Baggs, one woman dealing with medical ignorance, apparent bigotry, and regular messages that her life isn’t one worth saving.  Even now, a positive outcome isn’t assured. (I direct blog readers to just peruse … Continue reading Disability and Representation blog: “Amanda Baggs, The Pressure To Die, and the Case Against Assisted Suicide” by Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg