Transcript of Podcast Interview about my book

Below is the transcript of the podcast interview I did with Natasha Golding about my book The New Normal: Autistic musings on the threat of a broken society with references to my poetry collection Existence. The podcast can be found here, and both books are available on Amazon here. Natasha Golding Hello, David. I guessContinue reading “Transcript of Podcast Interview about my book”

My first book “The New Normal” has been published!

I extremely excited to announce that my first solo authored book has been published. The book is called The New Normal: Autistic Musings on the threat of a broken society. At the time of writing, the eBook is available through kindle, and kindle unlimited, and the paperback version will be available in the very nearContinue reading “My first book “The New Normal” has been published!”

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 on our wellbeing. It has been a source of much contention in our relationships with the non-Autistic people in our lives; and our questioning of theseContinue reading “Social constructivism and the making of ethical decisions in Autistic lives”

Neuroqueer: Authentic embodiment of mental health

This article was Co-Authored by David Gray-Hammond and Katie Munday Trigger Warning: Discussion of mental health It is a surprisingly contentious discussion to have, but the neurodiversity paradigm does not just apply to autistic people and ADHD’ers. Neurodivergent is a broad and inclusive term that applies to any bodymind that diverges from the neuronormative standardsContinue reading “Neuroqueer: Authentic embodiment of mental health”

Ben Nelson-Roux and Chris Nota: Two tragic tales of systemic failings

This article was Co-Authored by Tanya Adkin and David Gray-Hammond Trigger Warning: Death, drug and alcohol use, suicide, systemic failure, mental health crisis, inpatient psychiatric care. The 13th of September 2022 saw the opening of inquests into the deaths of two teenage boys. Ben On the 8th of April 2020, Kate Roux forced her wayContinue reading “Ben Nelson-Roux and Chris Nota: Two tragic tales of systemic failings”

Is mental “illness” actually the brain trying to protect itself?

Up until about a year ago, I still sat firmly in the camp that, while I viewed myself as multiply neurodivergent, I was mentally ill. Over the past year I have been unlearning this lesson, and realising that mental “illness” is completely unquantifiable, and instead, I was suffering because I had been repeatedly traumatised, andContinue reading “Is mental “illness” actually the brain trying to protect itself?”

Neuronormativity, the pathologisation of Mental health, and the normalising of suffering

In recent years mental health has become more widely talked about, thanks to the popularisation of the “it’s okay not to be okay” trope. On the surface this is a wonderful approach to the normalisation of Mental health issues, but does it have a darker side? There are currently over 300 “disorders” listed in theContinue reading “Neuronormativity, the pathologisation of Mental health, and the normalising of suffering”

Autism, diagnosis, identity, and culture

For a long time now, we have heard the phrase “If you have met one Autistic person, you have met one Autistic person”. This saying is an oversimplification of the fact that Autistic people have a wide variety of experiences, privileges, and neurocognitive styles. The question I want you to ask yourself is this: WhyContinue reading “Autism, diagnosis, identity, and culture”

“Why are you so quiet?” Autistic voices and the fight to be heard

Society is built upon a surprising number of rules that, when fully considered, seem rather arbitrary. In actual fact, societies rules are not arbitrary at all. They are deliberately designed to keep minority groups quiet while amplifying the voice of the oppressors. I think most Autistic people have come across this particular micro-aggression. Sat inContinue reading ““Why are you so quiet?” Autistic voices and the fight to be heard”

Spirituality and my Autistic experience

A discussion of what spirituality looks like for me as an Autistic individual, and why it does not fit into the objective boxes of traditional religion.