Anti-Bullying Week 2018

Stand up to bullying of neurodivergent people

From the 12th – 16th November it is Anti-Bullying Week. Bullying is something that, fortunately, I do not have personal experience of. Nonetheless, it is an important issue to blog about as sadly, research suggests that children and young people with disabilities are more likely to be bullied than those without disabilities. I often hear individuals with dyspraxia talk about being bullied.

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Knowing Why Is Everything: An Interview With Editor Elizabeth Bartmess on Adult-Diagnosed Autistic Perspectives

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There are many problems with the ways in which autism is currently seen and represented in the media and public discussion. When the face of autism is still predominantly white, cisgender, heterosexual, middle or upper class boys, it erases autistic people of color, LGBTQA autistic people, and poor autistic people from the conversation and denies them vital supports and resources. It also ignores the fact that there’s an entire segment of the autistic population that spends their entire childhoods and adolescences not knowing that they’re autistic at all.

Source: THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Knowing Why Is Everything: An Interview With Editor Elizabeth Bartmess on Adult-Diagnosed Autistic Perspectives

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Expecting autistic people to ‘fit in’ is cruel and unproductive; value us for our strengths

We need inclusive design in the work sphere- and all aspects of life: to implement the Labour Party Autism Neurodiversity Manifesto principles across the UK. More details on our website http://www.neurodiversitymanifesto.com Annie 😊

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Wanting to change a person’s autistic behaviours is like attempting to correct left-handedness or sexual preference. The modern workplace should see strength in difference.

Source: Expecting autistic people to ‘fit in’ is cruel and unproductive; value us for our strengths

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Different is not less, its different: Unpacking assumptions around experience

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There were a number of areas where autistic people interpret or experience  things differently to neurotypical people and where we often get told we are doing something ‘wrong’. Our lack of proficiency at something like non-verbal communication indicates to some that we are in need of some sort of ‘fix.’ I would suggest that no ‘fixing’ is required, just more understanding of and respect for the validity of different perspectives.

This post examines four areas where this issue occurs. These are sensory sensitivities, eye contact, body language and facial expressions and unwritten rules. 

Sensory sensitivities

Autistic people often have something called sensory processing disorder. While this is not exclusive to autistic people, it is very common for us. Sensory processing disorder means our senses are significantly heightened. Things can be too loud, too glare-y, too smelly and so forth. The impacts can be extreme. Earlier this year I…

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Labour Party Conference 2018: Speeches by John McDonnell, Steering Group members & Guest Speakers – Video links

Neurodiversity Manifesto: Labour Party Launch

Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Manifesto Steering Group Event,
Labour Party Conference 25th September 2018

Hello, everyone
Here are some more video recordings of speeches given at our Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Steering Group Event at the Labour Party Conference, 25th September 2018 by:

1.  John McDonnell MP (Shadow Chancellor) – the full speech – at our Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Steering Group Event at the Labour Party Conference, 25th September 2018

Video Link*:
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Here, you can see that he commits the next Labour Government to implementing the Manifesto principles. Hooray!

2. Thelma Walker, MP (PPS to John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor’s Office) & Austin Harney (Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Manifesto Steering Group Secretary / PCS Union officer)

Video Link*:

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3.  Guest speaker Richard Reiser (World of Inclusion) at our Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Steering Group Event at the Labour Party Conference…

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As Seen On Twitter |  “I am disgusted by the #EndAutismNow campaign. This is hate speech and eugenics. via @sbaroncohen

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#NeuroTribes hashtag on Twitter

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Source: #NeuroTribes hashtag on Twitter

  1. claims that is for self-advocates to make them feel proud and doesn’t really include people like my son who was actually in the book whereas is more of a history of which actually it didn’t go back as far in history so…what?

  2. I think wrote as a 1st-of-a-kind historical analysis valuable to all. To suggest he poured himself into a project merely…

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ABA, Abusive Bullying of Autistics

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The first time I heard of ABA, it was a newspaper article about parents of autistic children fighting the Irish government, trying to get funding for their children to attend ABA schools. At the time, I thought of it as a classic ‘David vs. Goliath’ situation, and I was naturally on the side of David. But, because my son was just a baby at the time, and I knew very little about autism, or that we were autistic, I didn’t think very much beyond that.

How things have changed. I’m now grateful that the Irish government won’t automatically fund ABA. Now, I’m not naive and I realise this is more about cost-saving by the government, as ABA is very expensive. But I’m still grateful as it limits the number of autistic Irish children being exposed to this so-called therapy.

My first realisation that ABA is not the wonderful thing it…

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