News & Announcements

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AWN Statement on the Santa Fe Texas High School Shooting

May 19, 2018

For the students, teachers, and staff of Houston-area Santa Fe High School, their morning began like any other day, but it ended in tragedy as 10 individuals (9 students and 1 teacher) were murdered by…

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Name Change ~ Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN)

April 26, 2018

For years, Autism Women’s Network has been a tremendous source of support and of community outreach run for and by actually autistic people. I am so excited to announce that effective July 1, Autism Women’s…

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Justice for DJ

April 10, 2018

For DJ, an 8 year old autistic boy, being yelled at and having his iPad taken away triggered a meltdown. But what started as a meltdown ended as a criminal battery charge for DJ when…

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AWN Urges Media Caution When Reporting On Parkland Florida School Shooting

February 15, 2018

AWN urges caution when speculating about any mental health diagnosis of the shooter in the recent Florida tragedy. News outlets have already begun speculating about the shooter’s possible links to mental health. We especially implore…

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AWN Statement on Charlottesville

August 21, 2017

The events that occurred last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia when a vehicle driven by a white supremacist drove deliberately through a crowd of peaceful anti-racism protesters (killing one individual and injuring numerous others) shocked and…

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AWN Statement of Solidarity with Communities and Officers Affected By Violence

July 19, 2016

Autism Women’s Network grieves with the families of the police officers in Baton Rouge whose lives were brutally taken. We continue to mourn with the families of the officers and civilians who were murdered or…

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Statement in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

July 7, 2016

Autism Women’s Network remains committed to adding our voice to the fight for justice in marginalized communities. It’s with deep sadness that we find ourselves once again needing to do so with the recent murders…

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Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision – Landmark Civil Rights Case for the Disabled

June 22, 2016

Today is the anniversary of the decision in Olmstead v. L.C., a landmark case for the disabled brought under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).  In some ways, the Olmstead…

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AWN Statement on Potential FDA Aversive Shock Therapy Ban

April 26, 2016

Autism Women’s Network (or AWN, a non-profit advocacy organization run by and for Autistic women and non-binary individuals,) has recently learned that the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a ban on aversive shock therapy.…

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AWN Statement on False Claims

December 2, 2015

Autism Women’s Network wants to address a concern that has recently come to light. We are intentionally being broad in our statement and have chosen to not use personal names. If this causes you confusion…

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AWN Demands That Colorado Respect Sharisa Kochmeister’s Rights

September 5, 2015

AWN Demands That Colorado Respect Sharisa Kochmeister’s Rights to Self-Determination, to Live in the Community with Supports, and to Use Her Tools for Effective Communication. AWN holds the position that everyone has the right to…

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Sharisa Joy Kochmeister: Give Her Back the Right to Communicate

July 31, 2015

She is a friend, a kindred soul. We both type to communicate, we both have other disabilities besides autism. Sharisa Joy Kochmeister is only a few years older than me. Recently, she was admitted to…

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