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”

‘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”

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. Despite this, many professionals and laypeople continue to use them, or variations on them. Arguments about the inaccuracy of functioning labels and the assumptions they createContinue reading “Functioning labels, subgroups, neuronormativity, and capitalism”

Creating Autistic Suffering: Fabricated or Induced Illness, state sanctioned bullying

This article was co-authored by David Gray-Hammond and Tanya Adkin Trigger Warning: This article contains strong language and discussions of fabricated or induced illness, ableism, discrimination, bigotry, child abuse, medical abuse, systemic abuse, institutionalised bullying. Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) is defined by a set of “alerting signs”, written in guidance produced by the RoyalContinue reading “Creating Autistic Suffering: Fabricated or Induced Illness, state sanctioned bullying”

Marginalisation, discrimination, and the fear of being a hashtag

We’ve seen it happen countless times in recent years. A person from a marginalised demographic (usually BIPOC, disabled, or a combination of the two) is murdered by a figure of authority. Usually the police, a teacher, or carer. They take lives with impunity. The Internet is rightly outraged. Protests and riots occur. Online campaigns areContinue reading “Marginalisation, discrimination, and the fear of being a hashtag”

This one’s for you Spectrum 10k

I am angry. I am beyond angry. I am angry, tired, sad, stressed, and quite frankly, sickened to my core. Since S10k was announced, I have watched as their blithe request for our DNA has traumatised a community that I love beyond measure. My friends and colleagues have poured their heart into fighting your (notContinue reading “This one’s for you Spectrum 10k”

An open letter to parents of Autistic children regarding Spectrum 10k

Spectrum 10k, what is it? Spectrum 10k is the latest research project to be announced by the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. It is a collaborative effort with the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of California Los Angeles. On the 24th of August 2021, the Spectrum 10k (S10k) research project wasContinue reading “An open letter to parents of Autistic children regarding Spectrum 10k”

Apparently Autism needs preventing?

The world is not okay. We are not okay. Autistic people are not okay, S10k has served as a stark reminder that we are treated as a burden upon not just the people that we love, but society as a whole. Autistic people are subject to woefully inaccurate and outdated stereotypes that do a greatContinue reading “Apparently Autism needs preventing?”

The duality of Autistic experience

We live in a world of false binary systems. It seems that everywhere you go, something is either one thing or another. The same can be said of the Autistic experience. Many people are currently engaged in a long standing argument. Is autism a disability, facilitated by systemic trauma, or is autism a purely positiveContinue reading “The duality of Autistic experience”

Autism, disability, accommodations, and the status quo

Let me start this piece with a massive shout out to Lyric Holmans (Neurodivergent Rebel). Their recent livestream with Aucademy provided a huge deal of inspiration for me to write this, and I can’t go ahead without giving credit where credit is due. Autism. Is it a disability, or not? That question will have differentContinue reading “Autism, disability, accommodations, and the status quo”