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InternationalBadassActivists.org is a peer-led organization focused on activism campaigns, stigma bustingdivergent news and educationpeer community developmentAutistic-to-NT bridge-building projectsand other badass initiatives to support the Neurodiversity Civil Rights Movement.

Founded by Eve Reiland, Autistic Activist & Co-Founder of The Autistic Cooperative.

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THE 10 POINTS OF Âû (The Autistic Union)
1. I am Autistic. [or] I support those who are Autistic.
2. I embrace my Autism as a very significant part of my identity.
3. I embrace those who would sacrifice to protect all Autistic life.
4. I embrace the belief that Autism does not need any “curing”.
5. I embrace the self-advocacy goal of “Everything about us, with us”.
6. I embrace the definition of Autism as a neuro-social difference.
7. I embrace measures directed at protecting Autistics from attack.
8. I embrace a person-centred approach to all Autism issues.
9. I embrace rigorous scientific approaches to co-occurring conditions.
10. I embrace Autistics leading their own welfare organisations.


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It’s human to think different.


What is Neurodiversity? So glad you asked.

neurodiversity dailyWikipedia.org says it the most direct | “Neurodiversity is an approach to learning and disability that suggests that diverse neurological conditions appear as a result of normal variations in the human genome.[1]“

Nick Walker, neurocosmopolitanism.com | Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.


The idea that there is one “normal” or “healthy” type of brain or mind or one “right” style of neurocognitive functioning, is no more valid than the idea that there is one “normal” or “right” gender, race or culture – Nick Walker, September 2014


And What’s The Neurodiversity Movement? 

Nick Walker, neurocosmopolitanism.com | The Neurodiversity Movement is a social justice movement that seeks civil rights, equality, respect, and full societal inclusion for the neurodivergent.
 

colourful human eyeWikipedia.org According to Andrew Fenton and Tim Krahn, proponents of neurodiversity strive to reconceptualize autism and related conditions in society by the following measures: acknowledging that neurodiversity does not require a cure; changing the language from the current “condition, disease, disorder, or illness”-based nomenclature and “broaden[ing] the understanding of healthy or independent living”; acknowledging new types of autonomy; and giving non-neurotypical individuals more control over their treatment, including the type, timing, and whether there should be treatment at all.[20]


 The idea that there is one “normal” or “healthy” type of brain or mind or one “right” style of neurocognitive functioning, is no more valid than the idea that there is one “normal” or “right” gender, race or culture – Nick Walker, September 2014

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When Did Neurodiversity Movement Get Started?

Quick History via Wikipedia.org | According to Jaarsma and Welin (2011), the “neurodiversity movement was developed in the 1990s by online groups of autistic persons.

It is now associated with the struggle for the civil rights of all those diagnosed with neurological or neurodevelopmental disorders.”[4]The term neurodiversity also represents a move away from the “mother-blaming” or refrigerator mother theories of the 20th century.[24]

The neurodiversity paradigm was initially embraced by individuals on the autism spectrum,[4] but subsequent groups have applied the concept to conditions that aren’t on the autism spectrum such as bipolarity,[25][26] ADHD,[27] schizophrenia,[28] schizoaffective disorder, sociopathy,[29] circadian rhythm disorders,[citation needed]developmental speech disorders, Parkinson’s disease, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, intellectual disability,[30]obsessive–compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome.[27][31]

The term is attributed to Judy Singer, an Australian social scientist on the autism spectrum,[4] and it first appeared in print in an article by journalist Harvey Blume (which did not credit Singer)[6] in The Atlantic on September 30, 1998:[32]