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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Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN)

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 …

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Beyond Awareness: A Rallying Cry for Acceptance and Inclusion

April is a busy month in the Autistic community. What started out many years ago as an awareness campaign led by parents has now turned its focus towards what matters to …

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Deej: Film Review

“Deej” is a remarkable film about autism, family, the presumption of competence and the right of each individual to access communication and to be included in our schools and communities. Directed …

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Justice for DJ

For DJ, an 8 year old autistic boy, being yelled at and having his iPad taken away triggered a meltdown. But what started as a meltdown ended as a criminal battery …

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‘Keep The Change’ Is The Movie The Autistic Community Has Long Been Waiting For

Keep the Change is a heartwarming love story between two autistic adults played by no other than autistic actors. The film is cozy and funny without shying away from the reality …

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Another Autism Awareness Month is Almost Here. Yay

I’m aware. I’m aware that the way that I am is considered “disordered” and wrong. That people expose laboratory mice to infections in order to try to recreate the way I …

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Don’t Count on Stereotypes

At age sixteen, I sat in the backseat of my parents’ car, doing sums in my head. I pictured the numbers being written out on the back of the seat in …

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Image of a pen on paper with a checkbox labeled “I Agree.” Text says, Their "niceness" is seen as success. I see compliance. I see a dependency of others telling them what and how they should feel, do, want, hope for, choose, live. ~ Amy Sequenzia, “Real Independence,” awnnetwork.org

Real Independence

Most people believe that the only valuable life achievement of a disabled person like me (non-speaking Autistic with high support needs) is “to be independent”. I already wrote about how the …

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AWN Urges Media Caution When Reporting On Parkland Florida School Shooting

AWN urges caution when speculating about any mental health diagnosis of the shooter in the recent Florida tragedy. News outlets have already begun speculating about the shooter’s possible links to mental …

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