We Heart Hannah Gadsby (& Hannah hearts us!)

Hannah Gadsby uses her public platform to speak honestly and openly about vital issues like disability, ableism, autism, sexism, misogyny and the public health importance of vaccination, and we love her …

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Image is a blue-toned photo of a classroom and students at desks in silhouette. Text in boxes at the top and bottom headers says, ‘As you sit in psychology class, there may very well be an autistic student sitting in the same room. Her heart may ache as she hears an “expert” talk about using behavior modification to make people like her “indistinguishable from peers”. – C.L. Bridge, ‘Dear Neurotypical Psychology Students,’ awnnetwork.org” Small AWN logo in the bottom left corner.

Dear Neurotypical Psychology Students

You’re a university freshman, or maybe a sophomore. You’re sitting in class—General Psychology, or maybe a different psychology class. The professor is discussing autism. Maybe you don’t know much about autism, …

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My Human Value is Inherent to My Existence

This article is not supposed to incite pity, or even anger. I am just hoping a few people will at least try to empathize with the many typists who are dismissed, …

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Stop the shocks: New toolkit builds on autistic community’s anti-JRC work

As part of our commitment to advancing social justice for all, AWN applauds all advocacy to stop the shocks and end all forms of abuse and torture at the Judge Rotenberg …

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Image by Tim Hindes. Image text reads "STRONGER THAN HATE" and is set on a black background, a reflection of the old U.S. Steel logo (popularized by the Pittsburgh Steelers’ helmets) and shows two hypocycloid shapes in blue and orange/red. Replacing the traditional yellow shape is a Star of David. “Stronger Than Hate” — the official motto of the Shoah Foundation is printed in stark white letters. (Image description via https://bit.ly/2Q86v2E)

AWN Network’s Statement on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting in Pennsylvania

Autistic Women & Nonbinary (AWN) Network strongly condemns a recent act of anti-Semitic violence that took the lives of eleven Jewish people and has shaken a community locally and nationally, including …

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AWN Network Opposes Trump’s Attempt to Take Away Transgender People’s Civil and Human Rights

Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is considering a proposal to roll back protections for transgender people across multiple federal agencies. These protections originally came from …

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Image description: sepia toned photo of a child's hands holding a teddy bear, with text: "A child who sounds like a little adult is still a child. A big vocabulary does not equal emotional maturity—especially for someone with a developmental disability. - CL Bridge, 'Actually, It's Crooked' awnnetwork.org"

“Actually, It’s Crooked”: Autism and Precocious Speech

When it was time for cake at my second birthday party, I sat at a table surrounded by smiling grown-ups. One of the grown-ups asked me a question. I don’t remember …

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Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network Statement on #FamiliesBelongTogether

In May 2018 the United States, under the administration of Donald Trump, implemented a policy to forcibly seize minor children from their parents when undocumented families are apprehended crossing the border. …

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Image is a photo of Scrabble letter tiles, with five tiles on top spelling out the word DREAM. Text says "We don't have to prove that we deserve a voice. Typing to communicate is hard work, and it is about our individuality and identity. It is about what we want for ourselves and for our lives. - Amy Sequenzia, awnnetwork.org"

My Right to Communicate Does Not Depend On Your Bigotry

From time to time typed communication, and people like me who use typing as our chosen method of communication, are attacked and disrespected under the guise of “protecting our human rights”. …

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AWN Statement on the Santa Fe Texas High School Shooting

For the students, teachers, and staff of Houston-area Santa Fe High School, their morning began like any other day, but it ended in tragedy as 10 individuals (9 students and 1 …

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“In so many ways my gender and autism work in tandem. Even after I came out as trans something was missing. Finding out I was autistic made everything clearer,” Credence (pronouns he/him). Photo image is of Credence, printed with permission.

12 People On What It Felt Like To Discover Autism

After decades of oversight, autistic women, non-binary and transgender people are coming out of the shadows. For years researchers focused their studies on white middle-class boys and blinded the world to …

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Image description: Closeup photo of a gray couch and green wall, with text: Have you ever tried to make another client stop liking something just because you thought the thing they liked was childish? Have you ever told another client that if they interrupted you one more time, you would get up and leave? I hope you haven’t, but I suspect you have. - C.L. Bridge, awnnetwork.org

Dear Former Therapist, I Wish You Knew

If you were my therapist when I was seventeen to twenty years old, this letter is for you. In the beginning, I trusted you. I was eager to get help for …

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