Launching Neurodivergent Labour

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of Neurodivergent Labour on 9th February, for all Labour Party members who are neurodivergent.

Following on from the successful development of a Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Manifesto, and in response to calls from many Labour members, we are setting up a new society within the Labour Party; Neurodivergent Labour.

All Labour Party members who are Neurodivergent are welcome to attend the launch meeting of Neurodivergent Labour. This new organisation aims to represent Autistic, Dyslexic, Dyspraxic and Dyscalculic people, and people with ADD (with or without Hyperactivity), Tourette’s or other developmental atypical neurological conditions.

We aim for this society to be democratically run by neurodivergent people for neurodivergent people, to make our voices heard in the Labour Party and wider society.

During this meeting we will agree on the main principles and structure of this organisation, in preparation for a founding AGM later in 2019.

Booking: You will need to book via Eventbrite to attend this event. Entry is by ticket only. Please use this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/edit?eid=54044961936

When booking, please let us know of any accessibility needs you have.

The Diskus conference room is in the basement of the Unite building, with access via a lift and accessible lavatories on ground floor.

The Labour Party Autism / Neurodiversity Manifesto link:

https://neurodiversitymanifesto.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/LPAND-Draft-Manifesto-V3-June-2018.docx

 

 

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10 Rhetorics of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)

ABA Controversy Autism Discussion

ABA Rhetoric #1: ABA interventions are the most evidence-based effective autism intervention

Actually evidence for ABA programmes is overwhelmingly poor and considered low/ very low and this was confirmed once again by a May 2018 Cochrane review.

You can also follow #ABAResearch on Twitter for other ABA related research we have been sharing.

Also, at the time of writing this, Ambitious about Autism, who run two ABA schools and an ABA college around London states on its website that “there is very little research about how ABA is applied in ABA schools” and they don’t know why or when ABA will help or harm.

This poor quality evidence is despite over 500 published studies and three decades of ABA research. No NHS guidance recommends ABA programmes, yet ABAers think having low standards for autistic people is OK.  How many more decades does the global $8 billion ABA industry deserve?

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Emma Dalmayne | Quote of the Month | Unite Magazine

Well done, Emma!

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AIM’s Emma Dalmayne has a piece featured in this month’s issue of Unite Magazine, in which she speaks out against J.B.Handley and his new book ‘How To End The Autism Epidemic’.

Our children deserve to grow up and live in a world that is accepting and inclusive, not one where they as autistic people are labelled vaccine damaged, injured, an epidemic, or a holocaust.

Emma Dalmayne

Link to page:
https://www.facebook.com/UNITEMag/

Edition link:
https://twitter.com/UniteMag/status/1060180325370945538?s=19

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As Seen On Facebook | ABA Controversy … via ABA Controversy Autism Discussion 

Why the Labour Party Autism Neurodiversity Manifesto includes an Appendix on ABA – please see on our website http://www.neurodiversitymanifesto.com Annie 😊

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ABA is Heart-breaking:
BBC4 (Iplayer) programme on ABA
‘Autism: Challenging Behaviour’
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On 27th February, BBC 4 repeated ‘Autism: Challenging Behaviour’ which explored the controversies around ABA and looked at views of people in favour of ABA (such as parents and ABA therapists and staff) and those against ABA (such as academics, psychologists and teachers). Whilst it is no longer available on iplayer, there is a live link below. The programme features include an independent ABA therapist and Treetops, the first ABA school in England.

We think it is reasonable that a child’s educational experience should strive to make them feel safe, accepted and competent, regardless of neurology. Part of this is for a child to feel the adults around understand them.

Even if you only have the chance to watch the first few minutes, we think the start…

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Anti-Bullying Week 2018

Stand up to bullying of neurodivergent people

From the 12th – 16th November it is Anti-Bullying Week. Bullying is something that, fortunately, I do not have personal experience of. Nonetheless, it is an important issue to blog about as sadly, research suggests that children and young people with disabilities are more likely to be bullied than those without disabilities. I often hear individuals with dyspraxia talk about being bullied.

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Knowing Why Is Everything: An Interview With Editor Elizabeth Bartmess on Adult-Diagnosed Autistic Perspectives

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There are many problems with the ways in which autism is currently seen and represented in the media and public discussion. When the face of autism is still predominantly white, cisgender, heterosexual, middle or upper class boys, it erases autistic people of color, LGBTQA autistic people, and poor autistic people from the conversation and denies them vital supports and resources. It also ignores the fact that there’s an entire segment of the autistic population that spends their entire childhoods and adolescences not knowing that they’re autistic at all.

Source: THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Knowing Why Is Everything: An Interview With Editor Elizabeth Bartmess on Adult-Diagnosed Autistic Perspectives

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Expecting autistic people to ‘fit in’ is cruel and unproductive; value us for our strengths

We need inclusive design in the work sphere- and all aspects of life: to implement the Labour Party Autism Neurodiversity Manifesto principles across the UK. More details on our website http://www.neurodiversitymanifesto.com Annie 😊

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Wanting to change a person’s autistic behaviours is like attempting to correct left-handedness or sexual preference. The modern workplace should see strength in difference.

Source: Expecting autistic people to ‘fit in’ is cruel and unproductive; value us for our strengths

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Different is not less, its different: Unpacking assumptions around experience

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There were a number of areas where autistic people interpret or experience  things differently to neurotypical people and where we often get told we are doing something ‘wrong’. Our lack of proficiency at something like non-verbal communication indicates to some that we are in need of some sort of ‘fix.’ I would suggest that no ‘fixing’ is required, just more understanding of and respect for the validity of different perspectives.

This post examines four areas where this issue occurs. These are sensory sensitivities, eye contact, body language and facial expressions and unwritten rules. 

Sensory sensitivities

Autistic people often have something called sensory processing disorder. While this is not exclusive to autistic people, it is very common for us. Sensory processing disorder means our senses are significantly heightened. Things can be too loud, too glare-y, too smelly and so forth. The impacts can be extreme. Earlier this year I…

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