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*:

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*: ser4IQGtzpfflSl6PRos_flqNbKz5MWfqSuZjMOnKJUbxBF68 

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

International Badass Activists


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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


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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#selectivemutism hashtag on Twitter

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Source: #selectivemutism hashtag on Twitter

  1. October is awareness month: A student with SM had to leave a university course because they didn’t allow an alternative to the oral exam — in 2018 this is unacceptable, outdated and ignores the Equality Act.

  2. October is awareness month — Respect our ways of communicating — whispering, gesturing, etc are communicating.

  3. October is awareness month: Wondering how many students with SM have been seriously disadvantaged because of a lack of acceptance and basic accommodations? I believe the focus on ‘treating’ us is causing untold distress and far worse.

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Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Author Don Winn's Blog

Poet Dorothy Parker once said, “Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” Imagination and creativity are two topics that we discuss frequently here. Indeed, they are two of the greatest strengths of human nature and increase both our productivity and sense of fulfillment in life. But what if the slog of our daily routine has caused us to feel disconnected from these superpowers? How can we get back our “wild mind” and “disciplined eye,” our best place of creativity? And how can we model those skills for our kids?

Wired to Create book cover_Let’s take a page from an excellent guide, “Wired to Create, Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, by psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman and Huffington Post writer Carolyn Gregoire. Kaufman noticed that the most creative folk have curious paradoxes in their ways of thinking and being, “messy minds” full of traits that don’t usually coexist, like mindfulness…

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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).

Everything about…

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