Book review by Katie Munday: Neuroqueer Heresies by Nick Walker

Book review by Katie Munday (they/them) I was so eager to read Nick Walker’s new book Neuroqueer Heresies that I was gifted it as an early Christmas present, and I was not disappointed. Neuroqueer Heresies: Notes on the Neurodiversity Paradigm, Autistic Empowerment, and Postnormal Possibilities collects Walker’s essays, originally shared through her website (neuroqueer.com), as … Continue reading Book review by Katie Munday: Neuroqueer Heresies by Nick Walker

Resources supporting preference, but importantly wellbeing properties, of identity-first language: we are Autistic

The use of identity-first language to describe our Autistic selves, or be described by non-autistic people, is not up for debate with non-autistic people. But time and again it is demanded that we Autistic people – not “people with autism spectrum disorder” – provide “evidence” for the use of identity-first over person-first language. Even more … Continue reading Resources supporting preference, but importantly wellbeing properties, of identity-first language: we are Autistic

Book review by Katie Munday: Working with Autistic Transgender and Non-Binary people: Research, Practice and Experience edited by Marianthi Kourti

Book review by Katie Munday (they/them) I was very excited when Jessica Kingsley Publishers announced another new book on transgender Autistic experiences, collected, edited and written mostly by people who are both trans and / or non-binary and Autistic. Working with Autistic Transgender and Non-Binary people: Research, Practice and Experience (edited by Marianthi Kourti) collects … Continue reading Book review by Katie Munday: Working with Autistic Transgender and Non-Binary people: Research, Practice and Experience edited by Marianthi Kourti

Autistic, gender, & sexuality diversity – growing list of resources

Find here a growing list of resources for neurodivergent people and the intersection with gender and/or sexuality diversity. NOTE: Aucademy does not necessarily endorse all of these resources, so please be critical and cautious, particularly when engaging with groups online. PUBLISHED LITERATURE/ARTICLES Davidson, J., & Tamas, S. (2016). Autism and the ghost of gender. Emotion, … Continue reading Autistic, gender, & sexuality diversity – growing list of resources

PLAIN TEXT OF THE FULL BOYCOTT S10K STATEMENT

PLAIN TEXT OF THE FULL STATEMENT: Joint statement from Autistic community members, academics, representatives of advocacy organisations, and allies about grave concerns regarding the Spectrum 10K study announced Tuesday 24th August 2021 (document includes plain language summaries for accessibility and uses a font easier to read for some people. The plain language summaries can be … Continue reading PLAIN TEXT OF THE FULL BOYCOTT S10K STATEMENT

Boycott Spectrum 10K – PLEASE SIGN

We ask that people read our joint statement from Autistic community members, academics, representatives of advocacy organisations, and allies about our grave concerns regarding the Spectrum 10K study announced Tuesday 24th August 2021. Our concerns are many and are detailed in the attached statement letters on our jotform found further down this page, in plain … Continue reading Boycott Spectrum 10K – PLEASE SIGN

Plain language summary for the Boycott Spectrum 10K statement by Autistic people

This is the plain language summary for a letter written by lots of Autistic people who are upset about a new study called Spectrum 10K, which was talked about for the first time on the news and social media on Tuesday 24th August 2021. This letter – also called a statement – is about why … Continue reading Plain language summary for the Boycott Spectrum 10K statement by Autistic people

A room without a mask – Written by Joanna Grace

In The Subtle Spectrum I wrote about two people’s reactions to my telling them I am autistic, the close friend who instantly denounced it: “No you’re not, who told you that?” and the acquaintance who replied with a heartfelt: “Goodness, you must be exhausted from masking so well.” The first response was like a cold … Continue reading A room without a mask – Written by Joanna Grace

Guest Educators

Find here a growing list of Aucademy educators and the topics they covered. Listed in alphabetical order according to surname. Our permanent educators and presenters have their own pages, and have covered topics such as: what *is* autism?; the spectrum really; Autistic challenges and strengths; the importance of Autistic identity, culture, community, and space for … Continue reading Guest Educators

A rose by any other name would smell…of stigma (or, the psychologically important difference between being a “person with autism” or an Autistic person) by Dr Chloe Farahar

Dr Chloe Farahar was invited to write a guest article for University College London, Unit for Stigma Research blog, titled: A rose by any other name would smell…of stigma (or, the psychologically important difference between being a “person with autism” or an Autistic person). “Question: Is identifying with social groups beneficial to people’s health and … Continue reading A rose by any other name would smell…of stigma (or, the psychologically important difference between being a “person with autism” or an Autistic person) by Dr Chloe Farahar

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