orange background with The Arc logo with a fist made out of a word cloud, including the number 988. Black text reads Impacted Families & Crisis Response, Disabled BIPoC: Disrupting Danger in Crisis Response

August 13 Newsletter: Race, disability, and crisis response

August 15, 2022

Details for the September 13 “Disabled BIPoC: Disrupting Danger in Crisis Response,” and the National Survey on Health and Disability.

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Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network

Vice President Harris invites AWN’s Lydia X. Z. Brown to speak at disability and reproductive rights roundtable

July 26, 2022

July 26, 2022 marked the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s signing into law. To commemorate the occasion, Vice President Kamala Harris invited Lydia X. Z. Brown, AWN’s Director of Policy, Advocacy, &…

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Pink graphic that says Everyone deserves to make their own choices: A plain language statement about abortion rights and reproductive freedom. It shows three logos - a magenta "a" with a dragonfly, a purple and teal W, and a group of fists in a circle. Then it lists the names of three groups: the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, the National Women's Law Center, and the Autistic People of Color Fund.

Everyone Deserves to Make Their Own Choices: A plain language statement about abortion rights and reproductive freedom

July 6, 2022

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, the Autistic People of Color Fund, and the National Women’s Law Center believe that all people should have control of their bodies. 

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Disability Organizations Respond to the Overturning of Roe v Wade

June 24, 2022

The decision upends a core value at the heart of American life and law: that we each enjoy the individual liberty to make certain personal decisions without government interference. The very lives of disabled people depend upon the ability to make personal decisions without interference – including decisions about our bodies and medical care.

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Juneteenth and the legacy of disabled Black slaves

June 12, 2022

Juneteenth recognizes the day when enslaved African-American people in Texas were freed two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Yet history has largely forgotten how many enslaved disabled people also were not liberated by the Emancipation…

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A Series of Essays on Hmong and Disability for Asian American Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month

May 20, 2022

This piece is based on ongoing community conversations in the Hmong disability movement. It focuses on the theme of binaries within disability culture, such as the binary of “Western versus traditional,” within Hmong disability discourse.

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Shain Neumeier, Cheryl McCollins, Naomi Jones, Jabari Brisport, Tony Alexander, and Lydia X. Z. Brown stand behind a podium with the New York state seal.

#StopTheShock: Why we should all support Andre’s Law in New York

May 13, 2022

Last week, Lydia X. Z. Brown and I traveled to Albany, New York to speak at a press conference within the New York state capitol. We urged state legislators to pass New York Senate Bill…

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Latine Lesbian Visibility on TV: My Special Interest in Juliantina

April 26, 2022

When I found the lesbian romance between Juliana and Valentina in Mexican telenovela “Amar a Muerte,” I felt seen, and I felt hope.

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Dos lesbianas latinas mexicanas se abrazan íntimamente en una piscina

Visibilidad lesbiana latine en la pantalla: mi interés especial en Juliantina

April 26, 2022

Cuando encontré el romance lésbico entre Juliana y Valentina en la telenovela mexicana “Amar a Muerte”, me sentí visibilizada y me sentí esperanzada.

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Nine women of color of various races and gender presentations, some with apparent disabilities, smiling at the camera. One has a dog, and one is wearing a shirt that says Radical Acceptance. The text says Women's History Month Community Roundtable, and the AWN logo is in the corner.

AWN Women’s History Month Community Roundtable

March 31, 2022

AWN is highlighting the voices of women of color community members, advocates, and leaders with cerebral palsy and autoimmune conditions. We present a roundtable with Sarah Rizzuto, Rahnee K. Patrick, Terri Lynne Hudson, India Harville, Zahra J. Brown, Sara M. Acevedo, Carla L. Lewis-Irizarry, DeVan L. Hankerson Madrigal, and Jen White-Johnson. 

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AWN Community Black History Month Roundtable 2022

February 26, 2022

For Black History Month in 2022, AWN is highlighting the voices of Black autistic community members, advocates, and leaders within AWN and some of our partners and friends. We present a roundtable with Alex Toliver, Tony Alexander, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, Oluwatobi Maeyen Odugunwa, and Jessica Horvath Williams. 

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At the top and bottom of the illustration are graphic borders in the style of a Kente pattern. The text is also in red, white and teal, against a black background. Text is centered and reads: AWN Celebrates Black History Month 20222 Theme: Black Health and Wellness In the lower right hand corner is the awn logo- a large lowercase pink “a” with a pale blue dragonfly on it. Below is the website

AWN honors Black Health & Wellness this Black History Month

February 19, 2022

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network recognizes February as Black History Month. This year’s theme is Black Health and Wellness. As such we have created these graphics to bring attention to the unique experiences of…

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