As I have been pointing out for the last few years, the commodification of neurodiversity and the exploitation of autistic people is in full swing. Corporate “Neurodiversity @ Work” and “Autism @ Work” initiatives are largely scams to procure domesticated corporate workers that can’t afford to ask uncomfortable questions about the purpose of the organisation. […]
As long as society confuses homo economicus with homo sapiens we are more than “a bit off course”. The exploitative nature of our “civilised” cultures is top of mind for many neurodivergent people. In contrast, many neuronormative people seem to deal with the trauma via denial, resulting in profound levels of cognitive dissonance.
Our world is changing: pandemics, climate change, technology. Will society respond to these crises with revolution or with collaboration?
David Gray-Hammond reflects on the challenges of 2020 and how this effects him on Autistic Pride Day.
The Spectrum Critters’ first comic shares a message of positivity.
The Autistic Collaboration Trust is currently engaging with the autistic community and the wider neurodiversity movement to solicit input, to jointly develop a trustworthy and globally accessible employer rating service that is administered by autistic and otherwise neurodivergent volunteers. You are invited to contribute.
If you have an autistic partner, parent, child, or grandparent, you eventually start noticing autistic traits in others… and yourself. It is a genetic neurotype, after all.
It also means that the past year has made it clear to me that what our movement needs is space where everyone, regardless of opinion, is welcome, in which the decisions of the community at large are represented (not just the decisions of autistic people who have leadership positions).
The same traits that non-autistic people have pathologized in autistics are the ones neurotypicals need to adopt in order to make it through this pandemic while their needs are not being met.
Self-advocacy in any marginalized community is the driving force for broader social change. In the autistic community, advocacy has unique challenges.