Monthly Archives: September 2018

#YouCantBeAutisticBecause. . . You are a Woman

Neurodivergent Rebel

The fourth video in the series going over some of the most common and most ridiculous reasons autistic people are told that they couldn’t possibly be autistic.

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The Launch of #RightfulLives


Monday 24th September sees the opening of the #RightfulLives online exhibition. The exhibition attempts to explore the relationship between the Human Rights Act and people with autism and/or learning disabilities.

The exhibition arose from the evidence that there have been very few successful legal cases applying the Human Rights Act to people with learning disabilities. There have been many documented cases where the Act has barely touched the lives (and deaths) of people with learning disabilities. This shows up in the stories of 1000s of people who have been institutionalised usually many miles from their home and subjected to a regime of restraint, seclusion and over medication. This often continues for many years. It also shows up in more insidious ways: non disabled people live in their homes; disabled people live in a placement. The practices and language create an environment where the person is seen as not quite human…

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The trouble with stereotypes or ‘The reason I wish I could drive’


I was in the supermarket the other day and was having a short conversation with myself around the choice I needed to make about a product that I don’t usually buy. A person must have heard my quiet discussion with myself. They gave me that ‘You are really weird and I don’t like it’ look. Funny, because I don’t usually understand facial expressions but I have seen that one so many times I am all over it! It is odd what causes people to judge. I suppose I didn’t fit this person’s view of how I ‘should’ act and so they passed a quick judgement about me. This is a problem beyond rudeness in supermarkets sadly.

People make judgements based on limited information about a person all the time. Everyone does this. I think it may be related to earlier generations of humanity and people encountering a new person needing…

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Labour Party Conference 2018: Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Manifesto Steering Group Event

we will be at Labour Party Conference on Tuesday, 25th September 2018, with guest speakers including John McDonnell. more information on the website, 🙂

Neurodiversity Manifesto: Labour Party Launch

Hello, everyone!

Labour Party Conference

We are going to go back and build upon the huge success of our Event at the 2017 Labour Party Conference. We will be holding our 2018 Conference Event on Tuesday, 25th September:



Speakers include:
Annie Morris (Chair)
Janine Booth (RMT)
Austin Harney (PCS)
John McDonnell (Labour MP and Shadow Chancellor)
Mark Serotkwa (PCS General Secretary and TUC President)
Emma Dalmayne (Autistic Rights campaigner)

Tues, 25th September, 5pm – 7pm,
ACC, Concourse Room 1, Liverpool


We will also be discussing the Appendix to the Manifesto on ABA / PBS which the Steering Group has approved: “A critique of the use of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA): on behalf of the Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Manifesto Steering Group” (2018).

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Neurodiversity Manifesto: Labour Party Launch

Please find the Manifesto Appendix, below:

“A critique of the use of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA): on behalf of the Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Manifesto Steering Group” 

By Dr. Damian Milton, 2018

“…right from the start, from the time someone came up with the word ‘autism’, the condition has been judged from the outside, by its appearances, and not from the inside according to how it is experienced.” (Williams, 1996: 14).
This report looks into the commonplace implementation of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavioural Support (PBS), criticisms of these approaches, and why they are not usually supported by neurodivergent communities, before concluding with some recommendations for future practices.

ABA can be defined as the application of techniques based upon the philosophy of radical behaviourism (pioneered by B.F. Skinner and others). ABA seeks to utilise these theories of learning in order to alter behaviour. Contemporary theory and practice…

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Neurodiversity Arts Festival (art, cake & fun in Kingston)


This Friday and Saturday (14th/15th Sept) there’s a festival celebrating neurodiversity in the arts in Kingston upon Thames – Kingsgate Church (above the Kings Tun) 161A Clarence St, Kingston KT1 1QT (click for map).

It starts at 10 a.m.  on both days but goes on until ‘late’. That’s probably why it is on a Friday and Saturday and not Sunday! However, until the watershed it is definitely child friendly. Over the two days there’ll be:

Fine art exhibition
Short film screenings
Live music
Interactive Performance
Creative workshops
Market stalls
Vegetarian & Vegan Café

There may even be dancing. And, as well as all this, the cost of entry is…        …nothing! yes, free, so you can visit more than once (or stay the whole time). If you’d like to contribute something, they are still looking for volunteer helpers on the day.

More information here: and

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