Monthly Archives: April 2019

Positive Policies not Pathologising Patronisation

Neurodiversity Manifesto: Labour Party Launch

A response to the March 2019 Thinking Autism article: ‘What is wrong with The Labour Party’s “Autism Neurodiversity Manifesto” and autism identity politics?’

Janine Booth on behalf of the Neurodivergent Labour Manifesto group

One of
the most striking things about the Thinking Autism article is something that it
does not include. It contains no disagreement with any of our Manifesto’s
policies. None at all. Instead, it attacks our principles and picks at our
wording. We are more than happy to defend our principles, and do so below, but
let us first remind readers of our Manifesto’s policies.

Diagnosis/identification and support

Diagnostic/identification service available to all, without delays, which recognises neurodivergent conditions in girls and women as well as in boys and men. Assessment as to whether the individual has other, related conditions.

Adequate support following diagnosis, for example coaching
from other neurodivergent people.

Independent living, services…

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Why you need to stop using the puzzle piece to represent autistic people

Autistic Alex

I hate the puzzle piece. I hate it with every fiber of my being. Therefore, since in a lot of places it’s national autism awareness month, I’m going to write about why you shouldn’t use the puzzle piece.

First; a little history on the puzzle piece. It was originally a national autistic society symbol. It’s history is documented here , towards the end of the piece, but the important bits regarding the puzzle piece are quoted lower down here. (trigger warning for ableism on that piece).

That first logo was this.

[Image description] A disembodied weeping head on a puzzle piece. [Image description] A disembodied weeping head on a puzzle piece. “’The Committee decided that the symbol of the Society should be the puzzle as this did not look like any other commercial or charitable one as far as they could discover’. It first appeared on our stationary and then on our newsletter in April 1963. Our Society was the…

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