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AWN is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit. We are committed to disability justice, gender & racial equity, neurodiversity & trans liberation with a focus on transformative and restorative justice in disability spaces.

Incorporating Transformative & Restorative Justice into Our Work

AWN is committed to the following principles of transformative and restorative justice in our work as a neurodiversity and disability justice organization.

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Comments to Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)

We encourage the Committee to prioritize funding for research on the disparities and inequities in
service provision and outcomes that autistic people of color, queer and transgender autistic people,
and autistic immigrants and refugees face.

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AWN 2022 Year-in-Review

I can’t believe that another year has come and gone and we’re less than two weeks away from 2023! AWN has had an incredible year, and as the executive director I am proud of what our team has accomplished in 2022. We’ve continued to grow our voice on the national stage and expanded the ways we serve our community — while at the same time inviting others to join us in moving the neurodiversity movement towards justice-centered work. 

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AWN December Newsletter

Right now, December 6-8, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu is representing AWN at the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Summit hosted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. This event is just one of the many examples of how AWN has recently been growing our voice in federal policy work.

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Webinars

Health Justice is Disability Justice: Disabled Perspectives in Public Health Research, Policy, & Advocacy

In April 2021, AWN hosted a discussion with Nassira D. Nicola and Emily M. Lund on disability justice and public health, addressing disabled perspectives in public health research, policy, and advocacy. The COVID-19 pandemic helps reveal ableism in our laws, policies, and practices through health care rationing proposals, disastrous vaccine rollouts, and relief measures that…

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Disrupting Educational Ableism & Racism: Disability, Race & Trauma in Schools

“Schools and the legal system tend to label these children as disobedient, disorderly, and dis/abled while simultaneously ignoring the voices of the children themselves. This pathologization then is perpetuated through the labeling, surveillance, and punishment of unwanted students along with the silencing of their voices.” – Subini Ancy Annamma, in The Pedagogy of Pathologization: Dis/abled…

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Disability Justice & Crip Technoscience: Racism & Ableism in AI & the Future of Technology

AWN hosted a discussion with Damien Patrick Williams and Crystal Lee on disability justice interventions for racism and ableism in AI in April 2021. Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are ubiquitous, affecting pretrial bail determinations, health care resource allocation, school admissions, credit reporting, hiring, and policing. For disabled people, technology has often both created and enabled…

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Disability Justice & Access-Centered Pedagogy in the Pandemic

AWN hosted a fireside chat with Aimi Hamraie and Mimi Khúc about access-centered pedagogy and disability justice in February 2021. Last spring, school went virtual for everyone from kindergarteners to grad students. Some college students had no safe place to go to. Parents and caregivers working in and outside the home have had to contend with competing and sometimes…

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Abolition, Deinstitutionalization, and Decarceration in the Pandemic

AWN hosted a discussion with Dustin P. Gibson and Shain M. Neumeier about connections between disability justice and abolition in January 2021. The pandemic has hit hardest and deadliest in institutions including jails and prisons, psych hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, and large-scale developmental disabilities institutions. This webinar discusses connections between disability justice and abolition,…

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Surviving Burnout from Ableism & Racism in the Pandemic

AWN hosted a discussion with Allilsa Fernandez and Dom Chatterjee about burnout and racism and ableism in the pandemic in January 2021. Disabled people in Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, and mixed-race communities live and struggle against the trauma of racism and ableism every day. During the pandemic, our communities have witnessed and experienced constant violence – in the medical…

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Before You Go: Enabling Access for Autistic Trans People in Healthcare

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network and the National LGBTQ Task Force hosted a panel with Kayley Whalen, Finn Gardiner, and Noor Pervez, with Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán moderating, about autistic trans access to healthcare in October 2020. The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network and the National LGBTQ Task Force are excited to share a brand new guide for trans autistic people called Before You…

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