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The State of the Autistic Person 2018


Should Cambridge students speak on behalf of all autistic people?



Neurodiversity: Some Basic Terms & Definitions – Nick Walker


What It Means:

Neurotypical, often abbreviated as NT, means having a style of neurocognitive functioning that falls within the dominant societal standards of “normal.”

Neurotypical can be used as either an adjective (“He’s neurotypical”) or a noun (“He’s a neurotypical”).

Neurotypical is the opposite of neurodivergent. Neurotypicality is the condition from which neurodivergent people diverge. Neurotypical bears the same sort of relationship to neurodivergent that straight bears to queer.


Most videos played here can be found on youtube here, Dvergent News & Notes
We will oppose physically or mentally harmful “treatments” targeting autistic people.

Due to the public perception of autism, a large number of unethical treatments have become quite common. These include physically harmful treatments (such as aversive behavioural therapies or restraints), mentally harmful treatments (such as 20-40 hr/week ABA, restriction of non-harmful stimming and other autistic coping mechanisms), dangerous non-medically approved therapies based on discredited theories or religious beliefs (such as chelation or exorcism), and therapies that would be called “torture” if they were used on nonautistic children (such as the electroshock “behavioural” devices).


THE 10 POINTS OF Âû (The Autistic Union)

I am Autistic. [or] I support those who are Autistic.
I embrace my Autism as a very significant part of my identity.
I embrace those who would sacrifice to protect all Autistic life.
I embrace the belief that Autism does not need any “curing”.
I embrace the self-advocacy goal of “Everything about us, with us”.
I embrace the definition of Autism as a neuro-social difference.
I embrace measures directed at protecting Autistics from attack.
I embrace a person-centred approach to all Autism issues.
I embrace rigorous scientific approaches to co-occurring conditions.
I embrace Autistics leading their own welfare organisations.

Why The Publishing Industry Needs To Be More Inclusive Of Autistic And Disabled People

In December of 2017, autistic advocate and YouTuber Amythest Schaber started the #BoycottToSiri hashtag as a reaction to the widely criticized memoir To Siri With Love by Judith Newman, a book written by a neurotypical woman about her relationship wi…

Source: Why The Publishing Industry Needs To Be More Inclusive Of Autistic And Disabled People

The State of the Autistic Person 2018

Cambria's Big Fat Autistic Blog

As I see it, the State of the Autistic is, well, poor. We have a long way to go. Let’s start with the obvious:

  1. The average life expectancy of the autistic person is 54 years old, even though autism should not affect life expectancy directly. (By contrast, neurotypical lifespan are roughly 80 years in the USA.) 
  2. With other diagnoses, such as epilepsy, life expectancy lowers to 39, even though autism should not directly affect life expectancy. (Again, life expectancy is roughly 80 years for most neurotypical people.) 
  3. Many of these people are murdered and raped by their caregiving families. 
  4. Autistic voices are routinely ignored, just as much, if not more, than female voices.
  5. Almost every autistic woman I know has been raped, molested and/or abused, myself included. 
  6. Almost everyone I know with autism has either no job or a low-paying job. 
  7. I myself am on…

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Music That Changes my Mood Part Seven

The Bipolar Writer Collaborative Mental Health Blog

Its been a long last two days working on my statistics class and I need a good music session to get the rest of my night. I thought why now share it with you? I really hate the first week of the semester because there is just way too much overload that first week. I always think I have to be perfect.

Anyway, let’s get started with part seven. I am watching Alabama football but my music is on blast right now. No words just music videos. It’sa Korean Pop night.

Taeyeon – Fine

JESSICA (제시카) – Wonderland

Girls Generation – All My Love is for You

Girls Generation – Gee

Jessica – Fly

TAEYEON 태연 ‘I (feat. Verbal Jint)’

Girls’ Generation 소녀시대  – ‘I GOT A BOY’

TAEYEON 태연 – ‘Rain

Girls’ Generation 소녀시대 – ‘Dancing Queen’

I think that’s pretty good. I hope you enjoy the Korean…

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Virginia Slowly Moving Forward With Diversion Programs For Individuals With Mental Illnesses. – Pete Earley

(1-8-18) Kudos to Alexandria Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Bryan Porter for assigning a senior supervisory prosecutor to screen cases for persons whose arrest stemmed from some obvious mental illness and not criminogenicity. Prosecutor Porter has put Molly Sullivan, a chief deputy prosecutor, in charge of reviewing arrestees for possible participation in a diversion program that will offerClick to continue…

Source: Virginia Slowly Moving Forward With Diversion Programs For Individuals With Mental Illnesses. – Pete Earley

The Golden Rule vs. “Theory of Mind”

North of Andover

Stated in plain English, the Golden Rule says, Treat other people the way you want to be treated. The implication is that, since we all want to be treated the same way, each of us treating others the way we would want to be treated if we were in their shoes is a sure way to make sure we all get what we want.

I’m sure some of you reading this post can already see serious problems with that assumption…

Obviously, we don’t all want exactly the same kind of treatment. Extroverts want to be invited to all the big parties; introverts would rather you just called them on the phone (or better yet, texted or emailed) and arranged a time for the two of you to hang out together. Some of us want hugs to cheer us up when we’re unhappy, and some of us want even our…

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Doing ‘Hard Time’ in the Nation’s Jails | The Crime Report

A Kansas professor took his political science students on visits to a state correctional facility and a local county jail, and discovered that for all the criticism about American prisons, jail inmates suffer even harsher conditions—aggravated by the lack of oversight and transparency.

Source: Doing ‘Hard Time’ in the Nation’s Jails | The Crime Report