Photograph of young Black people holding protest signs that say Black Lives Matter, Justice Now, We Will Not Be Silent. Text in front says Abolishing Police is a Disability Justice Issue.

Dear Senators: We need more infrastructure funding, not police.

October 25, 2021

Policing is a disability justice issue. Stories of young autistic, frequently Black, youth who have violent interactions with police are countless.

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A masked Black person in medical scrubs walks with a tray of vaccine vials. Facing them is a brown person with long dark hair and flowing pants, also wearing a mask and walking with a cane. Text says, "Disabled and need help getting a COVID-19 vaccine? There's a hotline for that."

Are you disabled and need help getting a COVID-19 vaccine? There’s a hotline for that.

October 22, 2021

In early September, the Administration for Community Living launched the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) to help disabled people secure safe and easy access to COVID-19 vaccination.  DIAL was created by a partnership between…

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Celebrando el Mes de la Herencia Latina como lesbiana autista

October 15, 2021

Me encanta compartir en comunidad con otras personas autistas, con discapacidades y latines. Sin embargo, estas comunidades no son perfectas.

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Mujer latina sonriendo con un vestido floral. Detrás de ella hay edificios coloridos, incluido uno con revestimiento de estaño ondulado azul brillante. Hay césped directamente detrás de ella y montañas y un cielo brillante en la distancia.

Autismo en Las Comunidades Latinoamericanas

October 15, 2021

Las personas autistas latinas/hispánicas se enfrentan a una extensa discriminación sistémica en todos los campos, incluyendo salud, empleo, y beneficios públicos; lo cual lleva a tasas mucho menores de diagnóstico de autismo, y una menor habilidad para satisfacer las necesidades de les latines* autistas

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Latine woman smiling wearing a floral dress. Behind her are colorful buildings including one with bright blue corrugated tin siding. There is grass directly behind her and mountains and a bright sky in the distance.

Autism in Latin American Communities

October 14, 2021

This post is adapted from a video by Kayley Whalen and is re-posted from her blog TransWorldView. Hi, I’m Kayley Whalen, an autistic, transgender Puerto Rican and Guatemalan-American, and I’m here in Huehuetango, Guatemala to…

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A pink earth pony with a bright pink mane is dancing beneath a disco ball. There’s brightly colored confetti all around it, against a white background. On a teal background text reads: “Autistic people are individuals, and We all deserve media representation” -C.L. Bridge, “Pinkie Sense”- In the lower right hand corner is the awn logo- the large “a” in pink with the pale blue spoonie dragonfly on it and below it. Illustrated by Erin Casey

Pinkie Sense: an Autistic Pony Tale

September 29, 2021

Not all autistic people are withdrawn or shy, although most media portrayals and “signs of autism” lists focus on those who are. We need representation of what autism can look like in a more outgoing…

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7 people of various ages and genders are shown using various mobility aids like a cane or wheelchair or are standing, leaning, or linked in arms together. There are bright teal, red, yellow and orange flowers across the top with a pair of orange maracas shown at the top center. Above the people it reads in bold orange- ¡FELIZ MES DE LA HERENCIA LATINE! Below the drawing it reads: JOIN AWN IN CELEBRATING LATINE HERITAGE MONTH September 15-October 15 In the lower left corner is the awn logo- a large “a” in orange with the yellow spoonie dragonfly followed by The artwork was done by Erin Casey}

Celebrating Latine Heritage Month as an Autistic Lesbian

September 14, 2021

I want to wish all of my fellow Latine people a Happy Latine Heritage Month! I love being in community with other autistic, disabled, and Latine people. However, these communities aren’t perfect. I have witnessed racism and lack of representation of Black Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) within the autistic and disability communities, among other problems. I also have witnessed lack of understanding and acceptance of autistic people like me within the Latine community.

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We Demand Authentic Representation of Black Autistic Lives & Black Autistic Voices. Banner with logos for AWN, Fidgets & Fries, Color of Autism Foundation, Thriving on the Spectrum, and Not Your Mama's Autism with Lola Dada-Olley. Background of microphones in front of crowd.

Authentic Autistic Representation Values Black Autistic Lives and Black Autistic Voices

September 3, 2021

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN), an organization primarily led by autistic people of color, is appalled by the August 13 Today Show article, “Why there’s a war between parents of children with autism…

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AWN’s Morénike Giwa Onaiwu has been named to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

July 8, 2021

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) applauds the July 7 appointment of Black autistic community leader Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, PhD(c), MA, to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). The IACC coordinates federal activities concerning…

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Banner showing faded stone building with the word Justice on it. The text says Stop the Shocks, Free Our People, Justice Demands Liberation

AWN condemns court ruling upholding use of electric shock torture

July 7, 2021

The Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network unequivocally condemns yesterday’s court ruling striking down the FDA’s ban on painful electric shock for behavioral modification on disabled people. These devices are only known to be used at…

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Photo of people of color marching and protesting in the street, overlaid with text: Honor Lois Curtis, Remember Elaine Wilson, Celebrate Neli Latson, Until We Are All Free

AWN celebrates Neli Latson’s full pardon on Olmstead anniversary

June 22, 2021

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision affirming the right to full community integration for all disabled people. What better way to honor Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson’s legacy than to celebrate Reginald Cornelius Latson’s unconditional pardon, announced earlier today!

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Announcing a #LiberatingWebinars collaboration with Autistic, Typing and other autistic BIPoC

June 4, 2021

Our Community Outreach Coordinator, Lei Wiley-Mydske, and our Equity, Justice & Representation Consultant, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, announced today that they have begun recording a series of webinars for Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network’s ongoing #LiberatingWebinars…

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