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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Paperback book with illustration of a Black parent and Black child holding hands. Book cover reads "A Neurodiversity and Gentle Parenting Journey...in Color by Morénike Giwa Onaiwu next to the AWNNetwork.org logo. To the right is a donation box with hearts coming out of it with text "Goal $6,000". Below it reads Donate Today!

Support Language Justice and Autism Acceptance!

April 1, 2023

This April, AWN is hoping to raise $6,000 to support the release of the forthcoming book A Neurodiversity and Gentle Parenting Journey…in Color by Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

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text: Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network and Autistic People of Color Fund Statement on the Nashville Shooting

AWN & APOC Fund Statement on the March 27, 2023, Nashville Shooting

March 31, 2023

We acknowledge the pain, suffering, and trauma that the victims’ family, friends, and colleagues, as well as community members, are experiencing. At the same time, AWN and the Autistic People of Color Fund unequivocally condemn bigoted and hateful remarks about the shooter’s gender identity as a trans man and its purported relationship to his violent acts

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Text: From Sincerely, Your Autistic Child Celebration and acceptance of diversity begins in your own own home, with you. Haley Moss. Order Your Copy Today! Beacon Press

AWN March Newsletter

March 27, 2023

On March 30, we’ll be celebrating the two year anniversary of the release of AWN’s book Sincerely, Your Autistic Child. The book has now sold over 21,000 copies in paperback, eBook, and audiobook formats!

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A scene of a Black family celebrating from the “Old Towne Road Part II episode of “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.” (Disney) On the left is an autistic boy with an afro, with his sister in a pink dress next to him, his father in a cowboy hat, and his mother in a yellow suit

February Newsletter

February 27, 2023

Earlier this month, AWN leadership helped to consult on the highly acclaimed autism-focused episode of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder reboot that recently aired on Disney+. The episode, which was intentionally released in February, has been praised broadly for its thoughtful portrayal of a Black family with affirming parents of a newly diagnosed autistic child.

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llustration and text against a pale grey background. Text reads: “BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2023 BLACK TRANS RESISTANCE” At center is a drawing of a Black fist raised with bracelets in the trans flag colors: pink, white and blue. At center bottom dark text reads: “an AWN Network Infographic Series” In the lower right hand corner is the awn logo: a large pink “a” with a teal spoonie dragonfly and our website awnnetwork.org.

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 graphic with a black textured background. There are faded silhouettes of people in the lefthand corner. The text on the top is white and says ‘Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network x Autistic People of Color Fund’. The bottom text is black, on a white background that looks like a strip of paint. It says ‘Statement on the Murder of Tyre Nichols’.

AWN & APOC Fund Statement on the Murder of Tyre Nichols

February 9, 2023

AWN condemns the anti-Black, white-supremacist systems and practices that caused Tyre Nichols’s untimely death. Policing in the United States is based on fear, violence, and the systemic subjugation of marginalized people, including Black and Brown people, disabled people, and LGBTQ people.

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January 2023 Newsletter

January 31, 2023

This year, 2023, is when we’re going to be building on our commitment  to promote the principles of restorative and transformative justice in disability spaces. In 2022 we rolled out a new website with a Guiding Principles page that was the result of over 6 months of collaboration with Mia Mingus.

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Comments to Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)

January 18, 2023

We encourage the Committee to prioritize funding for research on the disparities and inequities in
service provision and outcomes that autistic people of color, queer and transgender autistic people,
and autistic immigrants and refugees face.

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Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network

AWN 2022 Year-in-Review

December 15, 2022

I can’t believe that another year has come and gone and we’re less than two weeks away from 2023! AWN has had an incredible year, and as the executive director I am proud of what our team has accomplished in 2022. We’ve continued to grow our voice on the national stage and expanded the ways we serve our community — while at the same time inviting others to join us in moving the neurodiversity movement towards justice-centered work. 

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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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