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N is for Neurodiversity

by Dani Alexis Ryskamp from Autistic Academic. N is for Neurodiversity. Hang out long enough in any space where the word “autism” is used, and eventually you’ll also hear the word “neurodiversity.” In some spaces, “neurodiversity” is treated as a good thing; in others, it’s treated as the enemy. But why?

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M is for Misunderstandings

by Cami Renfrow. M is for Misunderstanding. That misunderstanding permeates the autistic experience is probably a surprise to no one. The thoughts conjured by the word are likely far different between readers of different neurologies, however. Autistic misunderstanding. It is true that autistics often tend to take in so much information with our entire bodies…

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L is for Labels

by Daniel Obejas from Acting NT. Not All Labels Are Created Equal [CN: Ableist slurs; functioning labels] The following article contains 238 labels. The moment you tell me that you “don’t like labels” is the moment I know you’re being dishonest. If you speak any oral, written, or signed language, you use labels constantly.

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K is for Keyboards

When thinking about keyboards in relation to the neurodiversity movement, there are a few themes that are all connected to communication, but these probably need to be addressed separately. Communication. Sadly, most conversations around Facilitated Communication and other alternate methods of communication tend to attract critics who refuse to presume competence in non-speaking people.

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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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