Autistic Voices | From Ethics & Autism To Disability Day Of Mourning

Sign up to be a Day of Mourning Vigil Site Coordinator

2023 Anti-Filicide Toolkit available at ASAN >>

In the past five years, over 550 people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents, relatives or caregivers.

On Wednesday, March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember these disabled victims of filicide – disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers. You can sign up to be a Day of Mourning Vigil Site Coordinator here.

We see the same pattern repeating over and over again. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due to the “burden” of having a disabled person in the family. If the parent stands trial, they are given sympathy and  comparatively lighter sentences, if they are sentenced at all. The victims are disregarded, blamed for their own murder at the hands of the person they should have been able to trust the most, and ultimately forgotten. And then the cycle repeats.

Read more here >>

Also at ASAN:

Comments to Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)

By Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN)

Today, January 18, 2022, Finn Gardiner submitted comments to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) on behalf of the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network and the Autistic People of Color Fund. 

Full comments and abridged version can be found here >>

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A brief history of Spectrum 10k

By David Gray-Hammond at Emergent Divergence

In the summer of 2021, it was announced that a new study would be seeking the DNA of 10,000 Autistic people and their families. They wanted to do this to look at co-occurring conditions amongst Autistic people and improve our wellbeing.

Great right?


Read in full >>


Spectrum 10K Will Never Be Acceptable: Here Is Why

Spectrum 10k researchers have given up on hiding their eugenics agenda

#BoycottSpectrum10K Archives

Collaborative niche construction

By Jorn Bettin at Autistic Collaboration

Psychiatry is slowly catching up with the concept of neurodiversity amongst animals, including humans, taking clues from animal biology/psychology and from the neurodiversity movement. …


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Convergent and divergent cultural evolution

Co-creating ecologies of caring and sharing

Cultural evolution towards human scale

Autistic people are not for sale

Nurturing healthy Autistic relationships

On love, in the face of fear

By Ann Memmott at Ann’s Autism Blog

In recent days, the autistic communities have sat in shock or bemusement at an article which was written about some of us.  Me included.  

It is not clear what the author was trying to achieve. 

Read more here >>

Also on Ann’s Autism Blog:

Ethics and Autism: Rights and Responsibilities within Applied Behaviour Analysis

The Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) industry claims to be a gold-standard approach to improving the lives of autistic individuals and their families. It uses reinforcement to make a child do, or not do, particular things.  I won’t go into detail on what ABA is, here.  Any internet search for ‘What is ABA’ may give hundreds of ABA industry descriptions. …

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Without Restraint: How Skiing Saved My Son’s Life

Guest authors are Robert and Ryan DeLena

As a toddler, Ryan had difficulty controlling his emotions and was placed in a therapeutic school that relied on detrimental methods of behavior modification, such as physical restraint. Over the next four years, he was restrained hundreds of times at school, and we were advised to restrain him at home. …

Read more here >>

More at Alliance Against Seclusion & Restraint

A Rights-Based Approach to Communication and Therapy

Autistic Strategies Network

Communication is a human right. Here we share some resources which we’re using in a presentation about this topic for allied health professionals interested in working with autistic people who don’t speak.

Learn more here >>

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by Shannon Des Roches Rosa At Thinking Person’s Guide To Autism (TPGA)

If you’re the parent of an autistic child or adult, and you are also horrified by MAGA-style disinformation, please know you should be just as skeptical about getting autism information from people I’m going to call “grievance parents.” These are parents who brand themselves as autism experts, yet promote reactionary ideas about autism and resentment towards autistic advocates, while encouraging followers to become too upset about having autistic children to question autism misinformation. …

Read more here >>

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