“Some people have an identity. I have an alibi. I have a shadow self.”
I’ve been writing a fair amount of training material recently, for myself and for several other organisations and it’s had me questioning what I want people to take away from them. Knowledge about Autism obviously, but also the need for people to have that light-bulb moment, when I frame things in a way that tips them into a paradigm shift; so that metaphorically, as you slide the Neurodiversity paradigm in one ear, you see the pathology paradigm drop out the other side.
So much of what I and so many other Advocates talk about: Language, Masking and Burnout, the history of Autism, the diagnosis, the near constant invalidation, this need for people to have a paradigm shift at all about Autism; all leads, via a twisty, winding path through the undergrowth to one thing:
Kieran Rose (UK)
- As Seen On Facebook | Semantics for some, an important distinction for us. | Kieran Rose
- An Autistic Identity – The Autistic Advocate
- As Seen On Twitter | “You calling them Autistics instead of people who have autism have defined ALL people on the spectrum as being nothing more than that. Shame on you. …” | PFL Strikes Again