For those of us who are autistic and racialized, we often struggle to find representation in mass media, academic work about autism or race, and the activist and advocacy movements that focus on autism, neurodiversity, disability rights, or racial justice. Most autism and autistic organizations, publications about autism, and broader neurodiversity campaigns are predominantly white. Yet disabled Black and Brown students are most likely to be impacted by the school to prison pipeline; the vast majority of U.S. prisoners are disabled and Black or Brown; racialized people are a global majority (which means that autistic people of color far outnumber white autistic people in the world); and the combined impact of race and disability severely increase likelihood for hate crimes, police violence, all other forms of abuse, and repeated retraumatization.
Our stories matter and must be told. We hope that this collection will not only speak sharply against our constant erasure and invisibility as (at least) doubly impacted, but will also provide solace and familiarity for our own out there waiting for stories like theirs to be told.
In summer 2014, we announced a new project to compile the first ever anthology of art and writings by autistics of color about our lives, our experiences, our histories, our communities, our struggles, our passions, and our resilience. Our stories deserve to be told both for us and for future generations that will come after us. They are stories of segregation in education; police brutality; families of birth, adoption, and choosing; ableism connected to racism; finding community, making home, survival, and resilience. They are stories of being autistic in a neurotypical world and stories of being racialized in a white-dominant world. Now, we are ready to shake up some foundations.Get your copy now
(AWN changed its name in 2018, updated mission statement forthcoming.)The Autism Women’s Network is dedicated to building a supportive community for Autistic women of all ages, our families, friends and allies. AWN is committed to recognizing and celebrating diversity and the many intersectional experiences of Autistic women. AWN welcomes all women, supporters of women, those who have at one time identified as women and non binary gender variant individuals. AWN recognizes and affirms the gender identity of each individual. Learn more about us
All the Weight of Our Dreams features work from over sixty contributors from seven different countries.
The collection features new and classic work from activists and community leaders like Kassiane A. Asasumasu, N.I. Nicholson (from the Teselacta Multiverse), Timotheus Gordon Jr., Finn Gardiner, and Emma Rosenthal, alongside desperately needed work from newer voices like kiran foster, Emily Pate, Lucas Vizeu, Jennifer Msumba, and Daniel Au Valencia.
We are also proud to highlight fantastic fiction and poetry from writers like Bijhan Valibeigi, Angel A. McCorkle, Emily Pate, Helene Fischer, Kaijaii Gomez Wick, and Mikael Lee, among many others!
All the Weight of Our Dreams is available for purchase in paperback and ebook formats now. We hope to announce an audio book soon!
Besides purchasing an anthology copy, you can also donate to the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network directly to fund efforts to disseminate the anthology widely to community and college libraries, and support further projects led by and for autistic people of color. (For all donations, please send AWN a note indicating the purpose of the donation.)
|Talila A. Lewis
|Timotheus J. Gordon
|Finn Gardiner, Manuel Díaz,
& Lydia X. Z. Brown
|Bridget Liang||Cyrée Jarelle Johnson||N.I. (Ian) Nicholson|
|Sara María Acevedo||Anita Cameron||Michón Neal|
|Elly Wong||Malisha Dewalt||Jennifer Msumba|
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