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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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B is for Bias

Written by Manuel Díaz from Neurodivergencia Latina. Bias: From Normalization to Neurodiversity. Society is full of biases. The media and the press are biased towards what they decide to report (or not report, for that matter). People in general have a bias to seek out what is convenient for them personally.

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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.

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Stop throwing people under the bus

Way too often, I see the following statement made by either parents of autistic children or by autistic people themselves:
“Autism is not a mental illness.”
So, you don’t want autistic people and/or their families to experience the stigma that people with mental illnesses face, right? Autism is ok because it’s not like those other forms of neurodivergence, right?

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