Autism is a healthy variation of the human condition: biodiversity. Autists are not tragedies, nor are we defective. We are justice-seeking neurodivergent people who view and experience the world autistically—logically, in systems, in details, and in our own space and time—living Autistic lifestyles.
On this page I’m collecting various resources on Âûtistic culture, including my talks with Learn From Autistics, Squarepeg, Autism Stories, The Info Dump Files, Amanda Herbert Hughes, Sarah Grillo, Bridges and Rainbows, as well as my blog post for The Cincinnati Review, and articles on neurodiversity I’ve written for the nonprofit Specialisterne. Hope they’re helpful!
Autism, a natural neurological variance, is part of biodiversity, the biological variety of life on Earth, and if Autists must learn about the social norms and constructs of the neurotypical world in order to navigate and participate in society, society will benefit from learning about Autists: our adherences to truth and routines, our tenacity and resilience, our honesty and directness, our logical, intelligent minds, and our deep interests, our passions, on which we hyperfocus, developing expertise.
Autism is a neurotype, a form of neurodivergence. Autism is not a disorder; Autists are not tragedies. We are justice-seeking neurodivergent humans who view and experience the world Autistically—logically, in systems, in details—at our own individual times, and in our own individual spaces, living Autistic lifestyles. We’re real.
If you are a BIPOC autistic and would like to be interviewed about your experiences or to be published, please respond here. If you're a member of the press writing about disability and race, or if you're a publisher, ask BIPOC AUTISTICS. #allautistics #BlackAutisticLivesMatter— NeuroClastic #iDISSENT #noncompliant #resist (@NeuroClastic) July 9, 2020
Myths about Autism and Autistic people that I deal with on a near daily basis in my life. A thread 🧵— Rory - ADHD Autistic OCD (@roryreckons) May 31, 2021
Poll for autistic people.— Ann Memmott PGC🌈 (@AnnMemmott) May 16, 2021
An ABA team say that using noise cancelling headphones is a bad idea for us, as it's us escaping the noise. So, we should be trained to cope with noise instead.
Do you agree with them? Feel free to retweet/explain
Let’s talk about Why No Autistic Child Should Be in ABA Therapy. I am coming at this from the perspective of a parent whose autistic son is an older teen. Regrets, I have a few. And so we need a thread!— Shannon Des Roches Rosa (@shannonrosa) October 25, 2020
Also, you won’t need to unroll, article is here: https://t.co/ejN85U3rim
A lot of autistic psychology students say they're unhappy with how autism is taught on their course.— Sarah Boon (@Saraheboon) November 5, 2020
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-Have studied psychology at any level (From GCSE to Doctorate)
-Have studied psychology in the UK
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How to be neurotypical: a step by step guide.— Emily♡ (@ItsEmilyKaty) September 7, 2021
1. Ask questions that you do not want truthful answers to.
Some NT people, watching an autistic child play by lining things up:— Pete Wharmby (@commaficionado) November 16, 2020
*I wouldn't enjoy doing that at all. I'd better force this kid to play in a way I would enjoy, and then write a chapter on how autistic people can't understand how other people have their own minds.*
Interested in how and why the #Neurodiversity Movement emerged in the late 20th century? Here's a reprint of my 1998 thesis which I believe was the first sociological study to offer an explanation, and which gave the movt its name. https://t.co/ayJG195xFH pic.twitter.com/6DpfsHnnxZ— Judy Singer (@singer_judy) December 11, 2018
Dear media outlets: Please stop writing “autism doesn’t stop this person from doing X!” stories. If the story is about a passion project, it’s entirely likely that autistic focus & dedication is WHY that project is happening—& that should be framed as a strength. #Neurodiversity— Thinking Person's Guide To Autism (@thinkingautism) January 2, 2022
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