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ASAN Releases Plain-Language Medicaid Toolkit

asanASAN is proud to announce the release of our plain language toolkit, A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Medicaid.

Medicaid is the biggest health care program in the country. It’s an important part of the United States health care system, but a lot of the information out there about Medicaid and attempts to change it can be difficult to understand and navigate.

That’s why we’ve partnered with the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative (ASERT) and the Special Hope Foundation to develop this plain-language toolkit.

This toolkit is the third in a series of accessible policy and advocacy resources that ASAN is releasing this year, following our ACA toolkit and our toolkit for getting through to your elected officials. Continue reading ASAN Releases Plain-Language Medicaid Toolkit

Peer Scholarships for the 2017 Annual Conference Now Available [MHA]

mhaExciting News for Peers! | Limited scholarships are available for mental health consumers for this year’s conference.

In order to apply, you must meet all eligibility requirements and fill out and submit the application in its entirety by COB Monday, May 29th.

Please download the application here. Applications will only be recieved via email submissions sent to Laqwanda Roberts-Buckley at

apply now

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The Mental Health Month 2017 Toolkit Is Here! (MHA)

mhaMore than sixty years ago, MHA made a choice – that we would bring our fight for mental health out into the open by asking public officials to declare May as Mental Health Month.

Every May, to promote mental health awareness and wellbeing, MHA distributes a May Is Mental Health Month toolkit that provides educational resources and other materials to share with communities, individuals, and organizations.

In 2016, the May Is Mental Health Month toolkit invited people to share their experiences with mental illness by using the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike or anonymously through our #mentalillnessfeelslike microsite (

This year, the 2017 May is Mental Health Month toolkit encourages people to educate themselves about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or that could be signs of mental health problems themselves, i.e. Risky Business.

Access the 2017 May Is Mental Health Month toolkit now!

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Call-to-Action: Meetup to #Resist


For almost 15 years, Meetup has served as an organizing platform for a wide range of political parties and movements, welcoming everyone from the Howard Deaniacs to the Tea Party. “We’re vital plumbing for democracy,” we always said. Before today, our company had never taken a partisan stance. It’s not a decision we take lightly.

But after Donald Trump’s order to block people on the basis of nationality and religion, a line had been crossed. At a time when core democratic ideals felt under attack, we looked at our members’ response, and were inspired by Meetups like SF Resist. We felt a duty to spark more activity and broaden civic participation. Continue reading Call-to-Action: Meetup to #Resist

Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism


A longtime movement insider’s powerful account of the origins of today’s protest movements and what they can achieve now

Direct-Action-green-1050-1e32278a8f83d1b887fe4a46d1364cc0As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to resist the presidency of Donald Trump, L.A. Kauffman’s timely, trenchant history of protest offers unique insights into how past movements have won victories in times of crisis and backlash and how they can be most effective today.

This deeply researched account, twenty-five years in the making, traces the evolution of disruptive protest since the Sixties to tell a larger story about the reshaping of the American left. Kauffman, a longtime grassroots organizer, examines how movements from ACT UP to Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter have used disruptive tactics to catalyze change despite long odds. Continue reading Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism

WTF is Neurodiversity?

“Neurodiversity is short for neurological diversity. …Refers to the diversity of the human brains and minds and to the idea that this is a natural, valuable form of diversity.”

via Autism Acceptance Month | Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

“Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.”

 “Neurodiversity is not a political or social activist movement. That’s the Neurodiversity Movement, not neurodiversity itself.”


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