For years, Autism Women’s Network has been a tremendous source of support and of community outreach run for and by actually autistic people. I am so excited to announce that effective July 1, Autism Women’s Network’s new name will be “Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network”.
As a person who is both non binary and autistic, I am really excited about this change. It re-affirms our commitment to the work we do and the community we serve. I didn’t have the names to put to my feelings and experiences when I was growing up. It was really challenging not knowing what made me, me. As a young adult, with relief and pride I realized that I am autistic. Soon after, I learned what t it means to be non binary. That happily fit perfectly too. It is my personal hope that the name change will ensure autistic non binary and transgender women of all ages will come to us for support and resources.
Not only does our name change express the ongoing inclusive nature of our work, but also that of the members of the community we serve. The name change is demonstrative of our commitment to inclusivity. This announcement is the first in the steps we are taking towards our legal name change. Our acronym of AWN will remain the same. On July 1, our updated mission statement will be posted officially. There will be a lot more exciting things to come and we couldn’t wait to share this with you: our community.
Here is a URL to our placeholder page: awnnetwork.org
Thank you again for your continuing support!
Court Alison (Falk)