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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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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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AWN Statement on Honoring BIPoC Community Contributions

April 9, 2021

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) is keenly aware of the privilege we hold as an organization with a large platform and more resources than individual advocates, especially Autistic Black, Indigenous and People of…

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Announcing the book release of Sincerely, Your Autistic Child

March 30, 2021

Today, March 30, 2021, the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network released our new book Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew about Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity. Sincerely…

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AWN condemns white supremacist violence and state complicity in attempted fascist coup

January 8, 2021

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network condemns in no uncertain terms the unabashed display of white supremacist and neo-Nazi violence in yesterday’s insurrectionist riot in Washington DC, and in similar riots in multiple state capitals.

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AWN announces $100,00 grant from Disability Inclusion Fund

December 17, 2020

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network is honored to be among Borealis Philanthropy’s first round of Disability Inclusion Fund general grantees, after being selected to receive emergency COVID-19 funding earlier this year.

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