Nearly one week has passed since you, Mr. Scarborough, made the false and unsupportable claim that most people who commit the kind of violence seen in Aurora, Colorado are on the autism spectrum.
Your statement was both prejudicial and factually incorrect. Not a single mass murderer has ever been diagnosed with autism. Not one. Moreover, there is no evidence linking autism to premeditated, criminal violence. Absolutely none.
AWN both recognizes and affirms each individual’s gender identity. We will not tolerate abusive behavior based on perceived or actual gender identity and presentation. We recognize that gender is not a binary, and that one can identify with “woman” and a non-binary gender at the same time. We also recognize that some people may have a varying gender identity, and may identify as a woman at some times but not others. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all women, and supporters of women, to join our community.
Incorporation and Non-Profit Status Just Around the Corner for Autism Women's Network
Katharine Annear, AWN's International Director Australia, and Executive Director, Sharon daVanport met yesterday for a scheduled review to discuss organizational updates in the US and OZ. Katharine and Sharon are immensely pleased about both AWN Australia and US having recently completed their required paperwork to file for non-profit status. Katharine noted that it very much appears AWN in both countries will be filing their documents at approximately the same time.
Katharine reports that AWN Australia gathered for several meetings recently to wrap up the final stages of their required filings. "I am especially appreciative of Australia's AWN Assistant Director, Arlene Taylor's valuable work on the non-profit documents. Arlene has done a terrific job with all of the requirements," Katharine said.
Sharon was pleased to share the news about AWN USA finalizing their Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. She further commented that said documents are slated to be filed with the governing agencies by the last week in January. With words of commendation, Sharon expressed her gratitude to AWN's Director of Advocacy, Savannah Logsdon-Breakstoneand the members of AWN Policy Committee which Logsdon-Breakstone Chairs.
I was wondering what other women think about this.
I do have meltdowns, though from what I read in the forums, I don't think I'm plagued with them as severely as some other Aspies. Whenever I read or hear about meltdowns and Asperger's, the author/speaker always speaks of them in terms of how our (Aspies') brains are wired as the cause of the meltdowns. I'm thinking that might not be entirely true.
I say this because I had an aunt, no longer living, who was born profoundly deaf. I was acquainted with the deaf community, and I learned from them, and from life with my aunt, that deaf people are notorious for blistering meltdowns. I used to know a woman who was in charge of concessions and the cafeteria at Gallaudet College, a college for the deaf in the U.S. I remember her telling me that the tab there for repairing and replacing vending machines was steep. If a student inserted money and nothing came out, they would vent their full fury on the vending machine.
AWN RADIO: Join Tricia and Sharon for a fun 2010 year in review, and AWN's 1 year anniversary show. During this special broadcast we will be reviewing AWN's first year, 2010 in the autism community and around the world, and playing trivia games with a chance to win prizes. * 2010 Year in Review.
Show Times: 110AM PST, 11AM MST, 12PM CST, 1PM EST. If outside the US, please refer to the Meeting Planner to determine LIVE broadcasts in your area.