Justice

Why You Shouldn’t Participate in the Blue Bucket Trend This Halloween

Social media is pushing a new trend to buy blue buckets to identify autistic kids and adults on Halloween, but the autistic community cautions against it. Here’s why.

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.

The Autistics’ Question

Tejas Rao Sankar challenges schools and society to invest in the autonomy of autistic people and not to deny nonspeakers the right to participate in the IEP process.

an RPM rapid prompting method letterboard stencil is in a tree with sunlight shining through the letters. Photo credit by autistic advocate matthew rushin.

Tiny Typing Kids: A letter to young nonspeakers

Trevor Byrd is a teen nonspeaker who gained access to communication when he enrolled at Reach Every Voice. After seeing a young girl spelling on a letterboard, he wrote this letter to all the young spellers.

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.

Hecklers from the Penn State conference not finished: Drexel professor decides which Autistics are really autistic

Hecklers from Drexel University showed up to the Penn State conference to harass the nonspeaking presenters, then they published a slanderous article claiming most presenters were not really autistic.

For the Survivors: Autistic people and our #MeToo memories

It’s not always women who are sexually assaulted and exploited. Disabled people, regardless of gender, are often victims of predatory relationships.

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.

Underemployment > Unemployment

Emmanuel Abua remarks on the growing number of businesses hiring autistic people. He makes the case that this is not the victory we need.

Why You Shouldn’t Participate in the Blue Bucket Trend This Halloween

Social media is pushing a new trend to buy blue buckets to identify autistic kids and adults on Halloween, but the autistic community cautions against it. Here’s why.

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.

Hecklers from the Penn State conference not finished: Drexel professor decides which Autistics are really autistic

Hecklers from Drexel University showed up to the Penn State conference to harass the nonspeaking presenters, then they published a slanderous article claiming most presenters were not really autistic.

For the Survivors: Autistic people and our #MeToo memories

It’s not always women who are sexually assaulted and exploited. Disabled people, regardless of gender, are often victims of predatory relationships.

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.

Underemployment > Unemployment

Emmanuel Abua remarks on the growing number of businesses hiring autistic people. He makes the case that this is not the victory we need.

Why You Shouldn’t Participate in the Blue Bucket Trend This Halloween

Social media is pushing a new trend to buy blue buckets to identify autistic kids and adults on Halloween, but the autistic community cautions against it. Here’s why.

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.

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