There are two ways of thinking about disability. Click icon for an outline. Also, this article considers issues linked. (updated)
Danny Raede has discovered for himself ways of understanding and coping with the difficulties he experiences as someone on the spectrum. He has formed Asperger Experts to guide and support others in the same boat. Click icon for their advice & how to page. They also have an on-line community that you can join – see home. See also: about (updated)
This page is dedicated to publications from the viewpoint of people who do not fit in with today’s prevailing norms, notably Asperger’s Syndrome – and those close to them.
Amythest Schaber is an artist, writer, public speaker and advocate. In her blog called Neuro Wonderful she offers insight into autistic life, put across in her unique style. Click play icon to see her range of videos. For example: What is autistic burnout? Something new!
This is a website by a special needs tutor with Asperger Syndrome. Click icon on the right to browse. For example: Being different
What is it really like to be an autistic adult? Professor Ian Walker shares his story. He is a retired university lecturer who was only diagnosed with autism at the age of 71. Click icon to see article and video clip. Find more interviews from the series at the bottom of the ITV page.
This article considers the possibility that people with autism might be savvier consumers. Click icon to see article.
This is a discussion group for members. They stress that it is NOT a support group. Their goal is to eradicate stereotypical images of autism, and to promote an autism-positive stance. Click icon for Facebook group. You have to join the group to see content. See also Austism-positive.
Monique Craine is a blogger, activist and campaigner for NeuroDivergent (ND) rights, AKA Human Rights. She says, This video was inspired by a Powerpoint presentation which I delivered in the past – which people claimed ‘opened their eyes’ to autism. It has been receiving praise from the autistic community, autism professionals and parents. Click play button to watch.
I am autistic, non-speaking. I am also labeled “low-functioning”. This label is a pre-judgment based on what I cannot do. It makes people look at me with pity instead of trying to get to know me, listen to my ideas.
I know that autism is not a disease and not something to be altered, it is a culture and a mode of being, and through my 17 years of journeying with fellow persons in the spectrum I am increasingly convinced that being autistic is a necessary adaptation to a complex world and that there are unique strengths that are a part of autistic culture. I see many programs to alter autistic persons as discriminatory, for it seeks to exterminate a culture. If we treated other cultures the way autistic persons are often treated, there would be outrage. But there are powerful forces convincing people that autistic persons are defective. Maybe one day this will change, I strive for it. Dan L. Edmunds Click Facebook icon to browse his blog.
Steve Silberman is an award-winning science writer and has a lot to say about autism. For example, Two further developments, thinks Silberman, make life much brighter for people with autism today. One is social media: “In face-to-face, real-time interactions, people on the spectrum are often overloaded. Conversation, eye contact, body language, all the little social signals – that can get too much. Whereas, on the computer, at their own pace, it’s often much more natural to them.” See article, The man who wants us to embrace autism, It explores his views and insights.
This website could be a treasure trove for the gifted academic or teacher.
- Here is one of the author’s more accessible articles: Advice to Young Autistics I did learn to navigate the neurotypical social world. But I didn’t approach that task with the intention of trying to change myself in order to “fit in.” I approached it as an adventure in learning my way around an exotic foreign culture.
- This could be a good starting point for further reading: Neuro-what?
These links are all from the Ollibean website. If you are always questioning things, maybe a bit of a non-conformist, this site could be a useful starting point.
- Attitudes – We need to start to change how non-disabled people see disabled people, and then we can begin demanding a change in attitude. We have enough true allies to join and support us, and we can demand what we decide we need to live a fulfilling human life.
- Be awesome – Ableism – discrimination against disabled people, often unconscious/implicit. Ableism brought forth by pity is frustrating. It gets in the way of possibilities.
- Universal design – When more people participate, everyone wins because human beings learn from each other – e.g. Captioned videos, films and TV help with literacy, including literacy of non-disabled people.
- False choices – e.g. Is autism a disability or a difference?
This is a magazine aimed at adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. It is published by the National Autistic Society. Click link below for more information.
What started out as an explanation for autistic behaviour has with twelve years of obsessive thought become the basis for a profound shift in thinking about psychology. See introduction.
Please be aware that we, at GAIN, are not qualified to give advice. See disclaimer.