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Autism Is an Identity, Not a Disease: Inside the Neurodiversity Movement

by Katerine Reynolds Lewis   At first glance, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) annual gala in November looked like many a Washington, D.C., nonprofit fundraiser. Approaching the swank ballroom of a downtown hotel, I saw the standard check-in table by the door, and coat check nearby. But with my drink ticket, I received an […]

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Is surgically altering an autistic boy’s voice cruel or kind? | Salon.com | Circa September 28, 2013

A controversial surgery to reduce screaming draws critics — but the boy’s doctor says it’s to help him MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 12:58AM (UTC) Two years ago, Vicki Hanegraaf’s son Kade was, as Dr. Seth Dailey wrote in his medical case report last March, “a 14-year-old boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder and vocal tics.” […]

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We Can’t Address Disability WIthout Addressing Race. Here’s Why | Lydia X. Z. Brown

   by Lydia X. Z. Brown, autistic attorney and disability justice advocate.   Like many autistic women and nonbinary people of color, I didn’t find out I was autistic until many years after the average white autistic man usually does in early childhood. I was 13 instead of 3, and that’s still actually quite early […]

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Autistic Hoya: The Significance of Semantics: Person-First Language: Why It Matters

Thoughts on disability justice, neurodiversity, intersectional activism from Lydia Brown, queer, autistic, east asian activist, writer, public speaker   At the Adult Services Subcommittee’s final meeting last Wednesday, much to do was made about semantic disagreements — “ASD individual” versus “individual with ASD,” and of course, the dreaded “person with autism” or “person who has […]

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We The Future: Lydia X. Z. Brown, Disability Justice Advocate | Âûtistic News Feed

Âûtistic News Feed Published by John Greally · 6 hrs ·  Lydia X. Z. Brown, Age 25, Autistic, Disability Justice Advocate – Bazelon Center ” ᴡᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ꜰᴜᴛᴜʀᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ʙᴜɪʟᴅɪɴɢ ᴅɪsᴀʙɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴊᴜsᴛɪᴄᴇ “ Lydia is a disability justice advocate, organiser, and writer, and their ‘Autistic Hoya’ site is universally referenced and loved! Their work has largely focused on violence […]

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Take Action | Anti-JRC signature collection in Massachusetts #StopTheShock

#StopTheShock Site info: Thank you for your commitment to ending torture of disabled people in Massachusetts. If you are available to canvass for signatures in September or October 2019, please share your information with us (Daniel Farnkoff, Nancy Weiss, and Lydia X. Z. Brown) so we can keep track of the efforts to gather the […]

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Judge Rotenberg Center « Lydia X. Z. Brown

Note: This page and all links on it discuss electric shock, other abusive and coercive treatments, institutions, and other forms of abuse against disabled people/people with disabilities in great detail. This page contains links to a variety of materials relating to the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC), formerly known as the Behavior Research Institute (BRI). Please […]