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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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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: ] 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:

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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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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September 2022 Newsletter

September 14, 2022

As a bi Latina trans woman, I want to wish you a Happy Latine Heritage Month and Bi Visibility Day!

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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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#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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