Creating Autistic Suffering: Clustered injustice compounds minority stress in Autistic experiences

This article was co-authored between David Gray-Hammond and Tanya Adkin Trigger Warning: Injustice, mental health, systemic oppression, minority stress, fabricated and induced illness, stigma. “The state creates the rules and dictates the processes to be followed: processes that fragment, silo, and compartmentalise, and in doing so, generate the complexity that is the root cause ofContinue reading “Creating Autistic Suffering: Clustered injustice compounds minority stress in Autistic experiences”

Double empathy, solipsism, and neurotypicality

Why do interventions such as Applied Behavioural Analysis and Positive Behavioural Support exist? Why is it that our world uses neurotypicality as the standard from which neuronormativity is drawn? Fundamentally, I believe that it comes down to the double empathy problem. Autistic people have a different style of communications to those with a predominant neurocognitiveContinue reading “Double empathy, solipsism, and neurotypicality”

A reflection on the nature of Autistic joy

What is Autistic joy? Is it different to neurotypical joy? Honestly, I can’t answer the second question. I am Autistic, and always have been. The neurotypical mind is a puzzle I can not solve. I can however discuss what is Autistic joy is to me. Inspired by the recent livestream I hosted with Aucademy. IContinue reading “A reflection on the nature of Autistic joy”

The truth about Obssesive Compulsive Disorder – OCD

Cw: obsessive intrusive thoughts, self harm, mention of violence. Alot of people wrongly assume that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a cute tidy ‘quirk’, a need for everything to be organised and ‘just right.’ When in reality OCD is often a very disabling and harmful condition which chips away at a person’s energy levels, emotionalContinue reading “The truth about Obssesive Compulsive Disorder – OCD”

Guide to starting new psychiatric medication for Autistic people

This article is not intended as medical advice, please speak to your prescriber for any medical questions pertaining to medication. This article is something of a survival guide based on my own experiences, other’s experiences may differ. Recently I started a new medication on the advice of my psychiatrist. This is the event that hasContinue reading “Guide to starting new psychiatric medication for Autistic people”

Addiction advocacy and the inspiration paradox: A reflection at 6 years sober

Today I am 6 years sober from addiction. During those six years I have learnt many lessons, but in this reflection I would like to consider something that has played on my mind for the past three years of my advocacy work. Inspiration. While not overtly a bad thing, it is often misused to infantiliseContinue reading “Addiction advocacy and the inspiration paradox: A reflection at 6 years sober”

Shifting the paradigm on world autism day

April 2nd. It’s a day that so many of us dread. For as long as “world autism day” has existed, it is a day where (much like every other day) adherents of the pathology paradigm do their best to drown out the voices of those that proudly display their Autistic selves. Why are we soContinue reading “Shifting the paradigm on world autism day”

Big news with even more big news on the way!

I have been nominated for a National Diversity Award, positive role model- disability category. I am honoured to have recieved this nomination, and while I don’t expect to win, I do enjoy reading the kind things that people day about me in their votes. If you wish to vote for me, you can do soContinue reading “Big news with even more big news on the way!”

‘Disabled’ is not a dirty word

By Katie Munday (They / them) – Autistic academic, activist and advocate. There have been too many moments in my life where people have non-disabled-splained to me how to talk about my own embodiment and experiences. People question, or try to correct my language with good intentions; but the basis for their use of personContinue reading “‘Disabled’ is not a dirty word”

Not your tragedy, not your epidemic, not your inspiration: reflecting on Autistic existence

Being Autistic is not inherently good or bad, it just is. That’s not to say that I am not proud of who I am, and I am most certainly not denying the obstacles I have had to over come. While being Autistic is an inseparable part of my identity and existence, it is also anContinue reading “Not your tragedy, not your epidemic, not your inspiration: reflecting on Autistic existence”