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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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Autistics Present Symposium: Essential Youth Voices

October 24, 2019

The fourth annual Autistics Present Symposium: Essential Youth Voices was a unique experience that provided a platform to center the voices of autistic youth, who are too often overlooked.

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AWN Condemns Proposals to Increase Criminalization of Psychosocial Disabilities

September 16, 2019

The Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network condemns in the strongest possible terms several recent proposals and statements from the Trump White House and surrogates that advocate for a return to institutionalization and creation of new…

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We Heart Hannah Gadsby (& Hannah hearts us!)

August 22, 2019

Hannah Gadsby uses her public platform to speak honestly and openly about vital issues like disability, ableism, autism, sexism, misogyny and the public health importance of vaccination, and we love her for it! And recently,…

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Stop the shocks: New toolkit builds on autistic community’s anti-JRC work

March 25, 2019

As part of our commitment to advancing social justice for all, AWN applauds all advocacy to stop the shocks and end all forms of abuse and torture at the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton,…

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AWN Network’s Statement on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting in Pennsylvania

October 30, 2018

Autistic Women & Nonbinary (AWN) Network strongly condemns a recent act of anti-Semitic violence that took the lives of eleven Jewish people and has shaken a community locally and nationally, including a pair of brothers…

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AWN Network Opposes Trump’s Attempt to Take Away Transgender People’s Civil and Human Rights

October 29, 2018

Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is considering a proposal to roll back protections for transgender people across multiple federal agencies. These protections originally came from the Obama White House.…

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Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network Statement on #FamiliesBelongTogether

June 24, 2018

In May 2018 the United States, under the administration of Donald Trump, implemented a policy to forcibly seize minor children from their parents when undocumented families are apprehended crossing the border. When these families, who…

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