Sharon daVanport is the Founding Executive Director of Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN Network) ~ formerly known as Autism Women’s Network. Sharon is an educational speaker hosting workshops on topics including: health and wellness for women and nonbinary people 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.
Speaking invitations include the United Nations Headquarters: World Autism Awareness Day (Empowering Autistic Women & Girls); and The White House (Obama Administration), advising on topics regarding disability, healthcare, and autism. In their work as a Disability Rights Activist, Sharon also advises on numerous policy forums. Professional affiliations: Advisory Board Member at Felicity House, AWN Network Representative at Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), AWN Steering Committee Member at National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA), and a board member at Crushing Colonialism.
Honors include: Autistic Self Advocacy’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 Sharon’s spare time they enjoy traveling, research, reading, music, and spending time with family and close friends.