wake. bake. caffeinate. | Dispatch From The Autistic Front [01.10.18]

 

 


The State of the Autistic Person 2018

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Should Cambridge students speak on behalf of all autistic people?

 

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Neurodiversity: Some Basic Terms & Definitions – Nick Walker

NEUROTYPICAL, or NT

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.

 

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Most videos played here can be found on youtube here, Dvergent News & Notes
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2. THE RIGHT TO HUMANITY
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).

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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.

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