Paid Trans HIV Prevention Study

August 14, 2023

As a nonbinary trans woman, I know how hard-hit my community is with HIV — with trans women having HIV rates 66 times higher than the general population. That’s why I’m proud to be part…

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Calling people in when they do the seemingly impossible to support us is as important as calling people out when they don't see our humanity." - Amy Sequenzia, "A Note to Parents"

A Note to Parents

August 8, 2023

I started writing about autism and disabilities over 10 years ago. At the same time, I started reading what other disabled people were writing. I met many of them, most of them Autistic. I attended…

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Changelings and the Folk History of Autism

April 30, 2023

For hundreds of years, children with autistic and neurodivergent traits were often believed to be “changelings,” children swapped at birth for evil fairies or other monsters. Looking back at this folklore can uncover the roots of modern ableism, as well as show us how autism and neurodivergence has always existed. Kayley Whalen traveled to Ireland to create a video about changeling folklore, adapted into this blog.

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Image of a person with a fidget spinner and a quote saying: "No one deserves to be mocked or punished for using sensory or communication tools." by C.L. Bridge

Sensory and Communication Tools Deserve Respect

April 9, 2023

No one deserves to be mocked or punished for using sensory or communication tools.  Stim toys, noise-canceling headphones, or other tools should never be withheld from a child or adult just because other people might ridicule them for it. Instead, let’s hold society accountable for ableism.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month graphic. Drawing Connections, Prevention Demands Equity. Image of woman of color's face with a collage of symbols including a flower, the The International Symbol of Access (a wheelchair user), a trans pride symbol, a woman symbol, a man symbol, and upraised hands with different skin colors. There's also a teal Sexual Assault Awareness ribbon.

An Autistic Woman’s Experience with Sexual Assault

April 7, 2023

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Being a sexual assault survivor and disabled autistic Latina means I understand at a very personal level the connections between the discrimination my communities face, and how that makes people like me more vulnerable to sexual assault.

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Celebrating Black Trans Resistance

February 24, 2023

For Black History Month, we’re celebrating Black Trans Resistance by releasing an infographic series on the experiences of Black trans people with discrimination, acceptance, and joy. Join us this month in amplifying issues crucial to Black trans communities and uplifting Black trans-led organizations by sharing these graphics and blog post

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A drawing of a heart outlined in black, against a pale grey background. The heart is shaded with black, grey, white, purple, light and dark green stripes. (The colors of the Asexual and Aromantic pride flags) Text reads: “AWN CELEBRATES ACE WEEK October 23-29, 2022” In the lower right corner is the awn logo: a large pink “a” with a teal spoonie dragonfly, above our website:

6 Facts about Asexuality and Aromanticism

October 19, 2022

October 23 – 29, 2022, we’re celebrating asexual and aromantic identities.

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Entrevista con Angélica Vega sobre Justicia Reproductiva por el Mes de la Herencia Latine 2022

October 10, 2022

En honor al Mes de la Herencia Latine y considerando la reciente decisión Dobbs de la Corte Suprema que derogó Roe v Wade, conversé con una colega latina defensora de la justicia reproductiva.

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Reproductive Justice Interview with Angelica Vega for Latine Heritage Month 2022

September 12, 2022

Women of color already mistrust the medical system, and now post-Roe v Wade there’s a fear of being prosecuted for reproductive care. Latina disability advocate Angelica Vega discussed reproductive justice and her own experiences with PCOS with AWN for our blog.

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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 teal and light teal background with two photos. Photo on the left is Nancy dressed in Hmong clothes. Photo on the right is a golden paper flower statue that Nancy made for her first Hmong shaman altar.

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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