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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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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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Disability Community Letter Responding to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s comments on January 7

January 17, 2022

On January 13, Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network AWN signed onto a letter by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) alongside over 150 disability organizations to Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky condemning her ableist…

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Are you disabled and need help getting a COVID-19 vaccine? There’s a hotline for that.

October 22, 2021

In early September, the Administration for Community Living launched the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) to help disabled people secure safe and easy access to COVID-19 vaccination.  DIAL was created by a partnership between…

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Authentic Autistic Representation Values Black Autistic Lives and Black Autistic Voices

September 3, 2021

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN), an organization primarily led by autistic people of color, is appalled by the August 13 Today Show article, “Why there’s a war between parents of children with autism…

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AWN’s Morénike Giwa Onaiwu has been named to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

July 8, 2021

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) applauds the July 7 appointment of Black autistic community leader Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, PhD(c), MA, to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). The IACC coordinates federal activities concerning…

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AWN condemns court ruling upholding use of electric shock torture

July 7, 2021

The Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network unequivocally condemns yesterday’s court ruling striking down the FDA’s ban on painful electric shock for behavioral modification on disabled people. These devices are only known to be used at…

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AWN celebrates Neli Latson’s full pardon on Olmstead anniversary

June 22, 2021

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision affirming the right to full community integration for all disabled people. What better way to honor Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson’s legacy than to celebrate Reginald Cornelius Latson’s unconditional pardon, announced earlier today!

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Announcing a #LiberatingWebinars collaboration with Autistic, Typing and other autistic BIPoC

June 4, 2021

Our Community Outreach Coordinator, Lei Wiley-Mydske, and our Equity, Justice & Representation Consultant, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, announced today that they have begun recording a series of webinars for Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network’s ongoing #LiberatingWebinars…

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We’re hiring! Will you be AWN’s next Education & Program Assistant or Policy Analyst Intern?

May 18, 2021

About AWN The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) is hiring for two positions – one is a part-time, long-term contract, and the other is a paid internship. AWN is a small, grassroots-led nonprofit that…

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Justice Requires Black Liberation: Responding to Convictions in Murder of George Floyd

April 20, 2021

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network recognizes that the guilty verdicts in the case of Derek Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd are only the smallest of recognitions of Black people’s lives as having value –…

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