Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
AANE for Equity.
AANE recognizes the deep inequities that continue to exist in our society, and we are committed to identifying and addressing the ways our organization can improve how we serve communities with underrepresented identities.
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With the increased visibility of traumatic racial violence against communities of color, AANE undertook the critical work of examining the ways our organization has fallen short in meeting the needs of historically marginalized and underserved autistic communities. Creating staff positions, allocating resources, and engaging in organization-wide training, we strengthened our resolve to sustain constructive action to make diversity, equity, and inclusion, not just buzzwords, but an integral part of everything we do.
Our initial DEI Committee started with a handful of staff members in 2020, which has more than doubled since then. We recognized that a multi-faceted approach would further increase involvement and allow for a focused process to address multiple areas within our organization simultaneously. While maintaining the larger committee, we created three subcommittees, each with its own goals and initiatives. Click on the subcommittee names below to learn more about the action AANE is taking in each area.
Internal Training & Professional Development
Outreach & Partnership
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