Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment
We are proud and excited to announce the official launch of a fund for direct support, mutual aid, and reparations by/for autistic people of color!
We first created the Fund in June 2018 with support from the American Association of People with Disabilities Hearne Leadership Award, along with a portion of all royalties from sales of All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism. Since we launched the Fund, we have given nearly $20,000 to individual autistic people of color. We rely mostly on small donations from community members to survive. Sometimes donations as small as $5 can make a huge difference in what we can offer to people in need.
(This page last updated April 2020.)
Please add the note “APOC” to your donation to make sure we receive it. (On the webform, the designation field is on the second page.) We welcome donations as small as a couple dollars and as large as thousands. Your donations are tax-deductible as our fiscal sponsor, the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network, is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its federal tax identification number is 27-5133111.
If you are in a crisis right now, and need a shorter application, you can send us an emergency request. Please send questions or requests for alternative formats to firstname.lastname@example.org – we may be delayed in responding but will do our best to reply as soon as we can.
Will covid-19 impact the Fund?
We are still committed to helping our community members, many of whom are struggling especially hard right now with sudden layoffs, extra childcare responsibilities, and loss of access to needed medications, mental health care, and health care. Please be patient with us, as we are receiving record-breaking numbers of applications.
For the duration of this crisis, we will only be able to send funds through PayPal as it is not currently safe for the AWN staff responsible for sending funds to visit post offices to mail checks. If you receive funds through us, you will need to have or set up a PayPal account to make sure we can send your funds to you.
We need donations more than ever as we receive record-breaking numbers of applications from community members who need help.