Sharon daVanport is the Founding Executive Director of Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN Network) ~ formerly known as Autism Women’s Network.
Sharon’s speaking invitations include the United Nations Headquarters on World Autism Awareness Day (Empowering Autistic Women & Girls) and The White House, Obama Administration (advising on topics regarding disability and autism.) In her work as a Disability Rights Activist, she has consulted as an expert panelist advising government agencies, including the GAO, and various policy forums. Sharon speaks at national and local conferences and hosts workshops on topics including: health and wellness for women with disabilities, violence against women and girls in vulnerable communities, and how to effectively use privilege when amplifying the voices and work of disabled people who experience racial and gender inequality.
Honors include: ASAN’s Self-Advocate of the Year Award for service to the self-advocacy movement, LSS Award for advocacy focusing on autistic women and girls, and Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Literary Award for editing, “What Every Autistic Girl Wishes her Parents Knew”.
In her spare time she enjoys traveling, research, reading, music, and spending time with family and close friends.