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Illustration and text against an aqua and green background: White text reads: “On this Giving Tuesday we invite you to- At center is a heart in the colors of the trans flag (blue, pink and white) with a white banner across that reads: “SUPPORT AUTISTIC TRANS YOUTH” November 29, 2022 In the lower right hand corner is the awn logo: a large, hot pink “a” with a spoonie dragonfly on it and our website: awnnetwork.org

Giving Tuesday Email Newsletter: Supporting Autistic Trans Youth

November 28, 2022

AWN is creating a resource guide to help families support autistic trans youth. This Giving Tuesday, our youth activist Madeline Mydske is asking for your support in raising $5,000 to create this resource guide.

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Text and illustration against a shaded grey background. Black text reads: “AWN Honors TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE November 20, 2022” At center is a drawing of a clear candle holder that holds a lit candle in pink and blue (the colors of the trans pride flag). In the lower right corner is the logo for AWN: a large black “a” with a white spoonie dragonfly on it, shown above our website: awnnetwork.org ] 12:10 [image description: Text and illustration against a bright red background. Text reads: “JOIN AWN IN HONORING NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING Thursday November 24, 2022” At center is a drawing of a bright white, yellow, purple, orange and black star shape against a white background. In a circle around the drawing are the words “ONE LAND, ONE PEOPLE UNA TIERRA, UN PUEBLO” In the lower right hand corner is the awn logo: a large black “a” with a white spoonie dragonfly on it, shown above our website: awnnetwork.org

AWN November Newsletter

November 27, 2022

The Club Q Shooting, the National Day of Mourning, and the Trans Day of Remembrance all demonstrate how we must continue to do our advocacy in a way that fights for gender justice, trans liberation, and racial justice for all.

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A light teal graphic that has the quote "Mourn for the dead and fight like hell for the living" from Mother Jones. The logos of AWN and the Autistic People of Color Fund appear next to the organizations' names.

AWN and the Autistic People of Color Fund grieve our losses to anti-queer and anti-trans violence in Colorado Springs

November 22, 2022

“Mourn for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” – Mother Jones As organizations long led by many queer and trans autistic people, the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network and the Autistic People…

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AWN October 2022 Newsletter

October 26, 2022

Happy October to everyone in the AWN community! I’m Rieko Shepherd, and I recently started working as Policy Manager at AWN. I have hit the ground running on many important health-related policy issues.

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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: awnnetwork.org

6 Facts about Asexuality and Aromanticism

October 19, 2022

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

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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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photo of crutch plus a chain. Text Juneteenth and the legacy of disabled Black slaves. Below are red yellow and green stripes and the AWN logo

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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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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Two Black people look at notebooks while sitting next to each other. The title "The Intersections of Race & Autism Diagnostic Disparities & Marginalized Existence" and author name "Alexis Toliver" are also visible.

The Intersections of Race and Autism: Diagnostic Disparities and Marginalized Existence

February 17, 2022

I am a Black, queer, disabled, and non-binary individual.

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New report from National Women’s Law Center and AWN finds over 30 states legally allow forced sterilization

January 25, 2022

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released a report, “Forced Sterilization of Disabled People in the United States,” with contributions by the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN). The report unveils groundbreaking…

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