Creating Autistic Suffering: Professionals, why don’t they know?

This article was co-authored by David Gray-Hammond and Tanya Adkin Trigger Warning: Injustice, professionals, Autistic suffering, mentions of theory of mind, weak central coherence, and older autism theory. We often sit and have conversations about our work. We never cease to be astounded at the lack of basic autism knowledge out in the world. We’reContinue reading “Creating Autistic Suffering: Professionals, why don’t they know?”

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”

Mental health and the neurodiversity paradigm

When considering the landscape of mental health, we also have to consider the normalisation of stigma and the dehumanisation of those who are struggling. Since the advent of psychiatric medicine, mental health concerns have been described in pathological language. What if we used the language of the neurodiversity paradigm? How would it impact the wellbeingContinue reading “Mental health and the neurodiversity paradigm”

How the shame cycle barricades us from recovery

They say in life that nothing is certain, but if anything is, then it’s the fact that shame will deny us entry into recovery. I’m going to consider this from the perspective of addiction recovery, although it applies to recovery from any psychological trauma. I merely choose addiction recovery for this article because it makesContinue reading “How the shame cycle barricades us from recovery”

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”

What is pride? A reflection on Weird Pride Day

Pride is a peculiar thing. Christianity taught us that it is a sin. Secular society tried desperately to tell us it’s redundant. The truth is that it’s neither of these things. Those are lies told by a society that desperately wants us to stay quiet. I’m not going to misrepresent myself here. When I talkContinue reading “What is pride? A reflection on Weird Pride Day”

‘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”