Spectrum 10k will never be acceptable: Here is why

During my time in the Autistic community, I often heard murmurings of eugenics projects, but in all honesty, I was unaware of the reality of just how many sought toContinue reading “Spectrum 10k will never be acceptable: Here is why”

A brief history of Spectrum 10k

In the summer of 2021, it was announced that a new study would be seeking the DNA of 10,000 Autistic people and their families. They wanted to do this toContinue reading “A brief history of Spectrum 10k”

Spectrum 10k researchers have given up on hiding their eugenics agenda

CW: Termination of pregnancies, amniocentesis, pre-natal testing, eugenics Edit: This is just a focus group at this point, but it is terrifying none-the-less. Spectrum 10k is being run by aContinue reading “Spectrum 10k researchers have given up on hiding their eugenics agenda”

10,000 to midnight: Spectrum 10k and the struggle to exist

“We have to tear down these structures, not just at the surface where projects such as S10k exist, but also at the root… Autistic people are not some sideshow exhibit, we do not exist to shock and astound you. There is beauty in our existence.”

Spectrum 10k is still not acceptable, here are three reasons why

It is perhaps fitting that Spectrum 10k has reappeared during the dark months of the year. Much like the cryptids of antiquity, it inspires fear in our community, and obscuresContinue reading “Spectrum 10k is still not acceptable, here are three reasons why”

Spectrum 10k is back, and now they want to exploit you

As you may remember from last year, Spectrum 10k was the project that “definitely wouldn’t be used for eugenics” but had involvement from people with links to (you guessed it)Continue reading “Spectrum 10k is back, and now they want to exploit you”

Social constructivism and the making of ethical decisions in Autistic lives

TRIGGER WARNING: Mention of Do Not Resuscitate directives and the pandemic Autistic people are subject to countless rules that are seemingly arbitrary in nature while having a huge impact onContinue reading “Social constructivism and the making of ethical decisions in Autistic lives”

Neuroculture and the dangers of homogeneity

Today I decided to learn about monocultures. A monoculture is an environment in which a single crop is cultivated. The problem with monocultures is that a small change can destabiliseContinue reading “Neuroculture and the dangers of homogeneity”

Functioning labels, subgroups, neuronormativity, and capitalism

Functioning labels have long been hated in the Autistic community. Not only are they wildly inaccurate, but they do not take the dynamic nature of our disability into account. DespiteContinue reading “Functioning labels, subgroups, neuronormativity, and capitalism”

Neurostandardisation: considering the oppression of neurodivergent individuals

For quite some time now, the neurodiversity movement has spoken about the harmfulness of behavioural techniques. These techniques are used to prevent the outward indications of the Autistic neurotype. TheyContinue reading “Neurostandardisation: considering the oppression of neurodivergent individuals”