Bullying & Abuse

Good company in an era of peak cognitive dissonance

From an autistic perspective cognitive dissonance manifests not in terms of contradictory beliefs, but in terms of complete alienation from the mainstream culture in industrialised societies. Most of the so-called foundations of our civilisation amount to a delusional level of wishful thinking. Our society is locked into paradigmatic inertia by fear and busyness.

Countdown towards a ban of all forms of conversion therapy

From today we will will start counting the days until all forms of conversion therapies are banned in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our hope is that this page will only need to be appended a few times with further activities to remind the government of its commitment to banning conversion practices and of its commitment to human rights, including all the rights articulated in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which our government has ratified in 2008.

Include all Conversion Therapies in Legislative Ban

In a submission to the Justice Select Committee, members from New Zealand autistic community groups say while they fully supported a ban on conversion practices targeting sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, protections should be extended to include all New Zealanders subject to these practices, especially neuro-diverse communities among whom conversion therapies also cause considerable harm.

I Was Part of the “Good ABA”

Louis Stay wanted help autistic children when he took a job as an RBT. The clinic was advertised as the modern “good ABA” that avoided the harmful practices associated with ABA’s history.

Swallowed Whole: Inside an Autistic PTSD Flashback

Asiatu Lawoyin, at age 42, experienced their first PTSD flashback from childhood sexual abuse. Asiatu unpacks the space between the trauma and the flashback through the lens of being Black and autistic.

Replacing control with ecologies of care

In our society the fiction of homo economicus manifests itself in the beliefs associated with the language of behaviourism, which exists in multiple dialects, and which has come to permeate and pollute many disciplines in the social sciences

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