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APIDA Heritage month 2023

May Newsletter: APIDA Heritage Month

May 30, 2023

Dear Friend, Welcome to Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month. As a queer physically disabled Korean transracial and transnational adoptee raised in the Caribbean, this month is both important to me, and challenging,…

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Illustration of a large blue, pink and white rainbow against a pale grey background. Across the top of rainbow in pink, blue and black text it reads: Trans Rights Are Human Rights Take Action! In front of the rainbow are drawings of 9 people in brightly colored clothes alternately cheering with the trans and Nonbinary pride flags, waving their hands in the air, flexing their arm, and hugging. In the top right corner is the AWN logo: a large pink, white, and blue “a” with our website

April Newsletter: Fighting Back for Trans Rights

April 27, 2023

AWN is fighting new legislation and regulations intended to harm trans people. These anti-trans policies are often combined with ableism and racism. Georgia’s SB 140 references higher rates of autism amongst transgender people as a reason to deny gender-affirming care. In this newsletter, our Policy Manager Elio McCabe provides resources for you to stay informed, take action, and support AWN in the fight.

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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 Color by Morénike Giwa Onaiwu next to the 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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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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Black and red text against a white and blue background Text reads: “AWN invites you to ROCK THE RIBBON FOR WORLD AIDS DAY December 1, 2022” Beneath the text is an illustration of 4 people, each wearing various shades of grey and brightly colored pink or blue clothes. They are shown posing with their arms outstretched and all are shown wearing a red ribbon on their shirt or vest. In the lower right hand corner is the awn logo- a large pink “a” with a teal spoonie dragonfly on it. Below the a is our website:

AWN December Newsletter

December 9, 2022

Right now, December 6-8, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu is representing AWN at the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Summit hosted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. This event is just one of the many examples of how AWN has recently been growing our voice in federal policy 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:

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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