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AWN & ASAN Joint Statement Supporting Matthew Rushin and George Cusick Return Home

July 9, 2020

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network and The Autistic Self Advocacy Network unequivocally condemns the racism and ableism evident in Virginia’s unjust prosecution and sentencing of Matthew Rushin. As leading national organizations fighting for the…

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AWN receives rapid response grant for changes in programming due to COVID-19

June 23, 2020

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network is excited to announce that we have been selected to receive funding from Borealis Philanthropy’s Disability Inclusion Fund! Borealis has awarded $210,000 in grants to 15 disability advocacy organizations…

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AWN contributes to global cross-disability COVID-19 research efforts

June 20, 2020

In partnership with a large coalition of disability coalitions, NGOs, and advocacy groups, the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) is proud to update our community on a recent multinational qualitative research endeavor conducted between…

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AWN applauds Supreme Court decision protecting civil rights of queer and trans people at work

June 15, 2020

AWN applauds today’s long-overdue Supreme Court decision that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects queer and trans employees from being fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In the fall,…

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AWN Statement on Rollbacks Impacting Trans and Disability Healthcare

June 13, 2020

The Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (AWN) condemns yesterday’s announcement that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is rolling back critical protections for trans and disabled people. Adding to this devastation is that…

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AWN condemns JK Rowling’s anti-trans and ableist comments against trans women, autistic trans youth, and other trans people

June 10, 2020

All women’s experiences are real women’s experiences Like many of our community members, AWN is dismayed and disappointed to learn about JK Rowling’s most recent transmisogynistic comments about sex and gender. Among other comments, Rowling…

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Disability Justice Solidarity in Fighting White Supremacy and State Violence

June 1, 2020

Disability Justice depends on a politic and practice of active solidarity and collective work for liberation. The Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network’s leadership, staff, volunteers, and community members share in the rage and sorrow caused…

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AWN condemns TikTok “Autism Challenge” amid other failures to protect marginalized people from abuse on social media

May 19, 2020

AWN is troubled by the sudden popularity of the “Autism Challenge” dance challenge on TikTok, but where users encourage each other to film short clips pretending to dance by flapping their hands and making other…

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AWN mourns death of Aimee Stephens, first trans woman to bring civil rights case to Supreme Court

May 18, 2020

AWN is deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Aimee Stephens, a trans woman and advocate in Michigan who catapulted to national attention over the last few years when her employment discrimination case…

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On Mel Bagg’s untimely death

April 12, 2020

Yesterday, the autistic community, the self-advocacy movement, and humanity at large lost a titan, a leader, a visionary, a public intellectual, and an artist whose work has influenced, inspired, and forged paths forward for thousands…

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In times of crisis, we must take care of each other

March 29, 2020

Our world is in crisis – this is new for many people, and for many others in our communities, this is unfortunately very familiar. AWN’s board members, staff, and volunteers are working constantly to support…

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AWN Applauds FDA Action to Ban Electric Shock Torture of Disabled People

March 5, 2020

For over three decades, the Judge Rotenberg Center has subjected autistic and other disabled people to painful electric shock torture as a form of behavior modification to punish and control those confined there. The U.S.…

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