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J is for Judgment

[CN: filicide; abuse; normalisation] I was originally going to write about justice for J, but the truth is that we don’t see a lot of justice. We continually fight against the injustice that we face. When we do that, we’re accused of being judgmental. We’re told not to judge when a parent murders their child.

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H is for Humour

Originally, I had planned to cover some of the history of the neurodiversity movement for H, but given that tomorrow’s post will include some history and we are still very much writing our history, I thought I should address another topic: Humour. Many bloggers use humour. We create satirical posts/sites…

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C is for Culture

Writing about culture in relation to the neurodiversity movement is a little daunting because this is still a very fluid construct, so while I’m going to do my best to do the topic justice, I can’t declare this to be any sort of definitive account.

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A is for Autonomy

Autonomy and self-determination are principles that we talk a lot about within the neurodiversity movement, but what do we mean by this? How is this relevant to Autistic people? Unfortunately, it’s the second sentence of article 5 which becomes problematic for us because many of us are presumed to be incapable of exercising autonomy.

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Neurodiversity A-Z: Introduction

Every day in April, a new post will be published which addresses a theme related to the neurodiversity movement and/or paradigm. All posts will be written by neurodivergent people who are Autistic, so while neurodiversity means recognising the value of the diversity offered by all neurotypes, this series will offer a distinctly Autistic perspective.

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Whitesplaining apartheid

I’m hesitant to write this post because I grew up on the privileged side of apartheid. As an English speaking white South African child, my white skin gave me a huge advantage in a society where segregation of racial groups was enforced through legislation.
I have seen memes and posts that equate the way that disabled people are treated with apartheid.