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?’ https://thinkingautism.org.uk/labour-party-neurodiversity-manifesto-identity-politics/

By
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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