Why not-speakers should not be overlooked
A short piece on connection and authenticity
One interesting thing about Spectrum Gaming, is that it was never supposed to become as big as it did. But I think its rapid growth shows how essential it is that autistic young people can have spaces where they can be themselves and connect with others who understand them.We have worked together with young people and parents to make a short film (19 minutes) about autism and our journey so far. We hope you enjoy it.
A look at how improving incluson of diversity in schools could impact the well-being, not just of the exluded minorities, but the school population as a whole.
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By The Autistic Advocate I’ve just finished reading John Harris’ article in The Guardian framed around the theatrical version of ‘The reason I jump‘, Naoki Higashida’s famous book about his Autistic experience. You can find the article on The Guardian, entitled “Enough ‘autism awareness’. The necessity now is action.” and I do recommend you read … Continue reading Awareness, Performativeness and Irony in the Autism Narrative
cw: Talk of trauma, bullying, self-harm and suicide
By Nicky Vere-Compton CW: bullying, trauma Image by Lisa Baird from Pixabay My account of the legacy of my schooldays begins with an overview of my family. An Autistic child of Autistic parents, none of us knew we were. Our Autism escaped us, but we knew there was something about us, so we settled on unusual. Unusual became … Continue reading Unusual – a reflection on my childhood as an unidentified autistic
Author: Nanny Aut When autistics venture into autistic support forums or education forums for parents, you often hear the same refrains. We are portrayed as unempathetic, judgemental and bullying, when nothing could be farther from the truth. A lot of us are parents, and a lot of us care for the welfare of other autistic … Continue reading This is Us – A Field Guide to Listening to Autistic Advice