A Fade to Extinction for Ethically Questionable Approaches That Disregard Neurodiversity

What do we want? “
a fade to extinction for ethically questionable approaches that disregard neurodiversity.” Neurodivergent Dr on Twitter As autistic physicians, we agree with the position of Dawson et al1: the neurodiversity movement regards autistic individuals to be both neurodivergent (diverging from the neurotypical majority) and disabled by environments not designed for autistic flourishing.1Continue reading “A Fade to Extinction for Ethically Questionable Approaches That Disregard Neurodiversity”

“Autism research is in crisis”: A Mixed Method Study of Researcher’s Constructions of Autistic People and Autism Research

…autistic people disrupt research agendas. @DrMBotha This new research investigates ableist framing and language in autism research, of which there is an abundance. While not all autism research is ableism, autism researchers can be ableist, including by talking about autistic people in sub-human terms (dehumanization), treating autistic people like objects (objectification), and making othering statementsContinue reading ““Autism research is in crisis”: A Mixed Method Study of Researcher’s Constructions of Autistic People and Autism Research”

A Sound That Turns the Mountains Into Sand

When bigots have got me down and I need to scream and air guitar it out, I turn to Screaming Females, my favorite power trio of all time and space. Marissa Paternoster is an epic force on vocals and guitar. Here she is singing about gender non-conformity and homophobia, screaming “While you sit on theContinue reading “A Sound That Turns the Mountains Into Sand”

Autism‐Related Language Preferences of English‐Speaking Individuals Across the Globe

This brand new open access research confirms broad autistic community preference for identity-first language and the words “autism”, “autistic”, and “neurodivergent”. 
autistic people’s language preferences often result from deep reflection on discrimination, ableism, and their identity. 
the term that was endorsed by the highest proportion of the participants was ‘Autistic person’ 79.5%, followed by ‘NeurodivergentContinue reading “Autism‐Related Language Preferences of English‐Speaking Individuals Across the Globe”

Books Every Progressive Educator Should Read

Our friends Nick and Chris of Human Restoration Project list some of their favorite books for progressive educators. I think a cornerstone of progressive education is understanding the connections between happiness and contentment and learning. Schooling should be about creating a better world not preparing people for the world that exists. Chris McNutt of HumanContinue reading “Books Every Progressive Educator Should Read”

Fundamental Texts of Progressive Pedagogy

Our friends at Human Restoration Project suggest that their community read these four “fundamental texts of progressive pedagogy” to understand their philosophy. These are great recommendations that also help understand our philosophy at Stimpunks. When education is the practice of freedom, students are not the only ones who are asked to share, to confess. EngagedContinue reading “Fundamental Texts of Progressive Pedagogy”

New Releases in Our Own Voices

Here are some recent books by neurodivergent and disabled people that we recommend. We provide WorldCat links, embed Kindle previews, and feature quotes for each book. The tendency to force a meltdown upon an autistic person, and then to castigate them for acting in such a childish and ungrateful way, is a rhythm that mostContinue reading “New Releases in Our Own Voices”

Key Principles When Supporting Autistic People

The community at Spectrum Gaming released “Key Principles when supporting autistic people” at Barriers to Education. We believe in REAL coproduction, so have worked with our community to create ‘Our Key Principles When Supporting Autistic Young People’. We think they are really important, so have made them available for anyone to use/ read/ share. @Spectrum0GamingContinue reading “Key Principles When Supporting Autistic People”

It’s Okay to Be So Turbo: Get Kinetic With Amyl and the Sniffers

Amyl and the Sniffers is one of the greatest punk bands of all time. Check out this new live set at KEXP. We feature their songs all over our website, including on our Kinetic Cognitive Style page. Amy is so wonderfully Kinetic. It’s okay to be so turbo. Amy Taylor ADHD or what I preferContinue reading “It’s Okay to Be So Turbo: Get Kinetic With Amyl and the Sniffers”

“Yes, And
” Infodump

These tweets are good advice, especially before infodumping after someone tickles one of your SpIns. Today’s tip for communicating while neurodiverse: no matter how exciting the thoughts you’re having off someone else’s point, make sure to start your reply by acknowledging you saw & understood what they said. It’s amazing how easily you can lookContinue reading ““Yes, And
” Infodump”