Monthly Archives: March 2019

LPAND Manifesto Motion passed

Anyone interested in putting the Motion forward to their own Labour Party branch or CLP, please look for the details on the http://www.neurodiversitymanifesto.com website. Congratulations are definitely in order – now for all the other branches and clps… 🙂

Neurodiversity Manifesto: Labour Party Launch

Message from one of our
Neurodivergent Labour Organising Group members, Lucy Stokes:

“Excellent news comrades.

The Autism/Neurodiversity
Manifesto motion for St Thomas’s branch in Dudley North constituency has been
unanimously passed.

Here is the motion:

Labour Party Autism /
Neurodiversity Manifesto

St Thomas’s Branch Labour Party welcomes the
drafting of a specific Labour Manifesto on Autism/Neurodiversity.

We note that this process has been overseen by
a team of neurodivergent Labour Party members and supporters convened by John
McDonnell MP and has had input from trade unions and campaign groups.

We note that autistic, dyslexic, and dyspraxic
people, and people with attention deficit disorders, Tourette’s,
obsessive-compulsive disorders and other neurodivergent conditions experience a
great deal of hostility, distress and disadvantage in our society, and that
strong Labour policies on this issue can make a real difference to people’s
lives.

We support the draft Manifesto’s core
principles of the social model of…

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Autistic Children and Young People: How to Help Us

Understanding Autistics

I have spent the past 12 months gathering the views of autistic children and young people: what is important to them, what their biggest challenges are and what they would like to change in their lives.

Before reading this, please watch this music video I have created, sharing the voice of some of these children and young people.

I have created surveys and questionnaire which to date over 900 autistic children have responded to, I have interviewed and spoken directly to around 80 children and have also consulted with hundreds of autistic adults on what they wish life was like for them when they were children.

There are four key themes that were identified during this process, and I would like to share these 4 themes with you.

Please be mindful this is just an overview of the priorities of autistic children and young people. More in-depth information, support and…

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The Fallacy of Functioning Labels

Speaking of Autism...

Spend enough time in the autism community, and you’ll notice the popularity of the “functioning label.” “I’m a high functioning autistic,” people will proclaim. “My brother has low functioning autism,” people will say. You could also put talks of severity in this category with “My son is only mildly autistic” or when people ask “how do I interact with someone who has severe autism?” You will see this relatively frequently.

However, these labels are not as straightforward as they are sometimes made out to be. These labels are entirely arbitrary and are neither accurate nor useful for describing autistic people, as I will discuss.

“But, Quincy!” I can hear you yelling through your computer, “That can’t be! Obviously there are distinct differences between high functioning and low functioning autism!”

People will observe and see an autistic person who is highly intelligent, seemingly articulate, attends regular school classes, and is even…

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