Ultimately behaviorism provides a simplistic lens that can’t see beyond itself.Why is the doctrine of behaviorism still being used, at all?How can ABA be the gold-standard for autism when it... More can’t die.
It doesn’t matter how often it’s refuted and how fully it’s refuted, it comes right back to life.
It’s been refuted so overwhelmingly.Noam Chomsky on Behaviorism
And Neurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodivergent is quite... More and The label "disabled" means so much to me. It means I have community. It means I have rights. It means I can be proud. It means I can affirm myself... More students lost.
Behaviorism is everywhere. The All Means All of public education is made meaningless by the bipartisanship of behaviorism.
There’s just one problem with Lakoff’s theory. An awful lot of people who are politically liberal begin to sound like right-wing talk-show hosts as soon as the conversation turns to children and parenting. It was this curious discrepancy, in fact, that inspired the book you are now reading.
I first noticed an inconsistency of this kind in the context of education. Have a look at the unsigned editorials in left-of-center newspapers, or essays by columnists whose politics are mostly progressive. Listen to speeches by liberal public officials. On any of the controversial issues of our day, from tax policy to civil rights, you’ll find approximately what you’d expect. But when it comes to education, almost all of them take a hard-line position very much like what we hear from conservatives. They endorse a top-down, corporate-style version of school reform that includes prescriptive, one-size-fits-all teaching standards and curriculum mandates; weakened job protection for teachers; frequent standardized testing; and a reliance on rewards and punishments to raise scores on those tests and compel compliance on the part of teachers and students.The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting
This widespread adoption of a traditionalist perspective helps us to make sense of the fact that, on topics related to children, even liberals tend to hold positions whose premises are deeply conservative. Perhaps it works the other way around as well: The fact that people on the left and center find themselves largely in agreement with those on the right explains how the traditionalist viewpoint has become the conventional wisdom. Child rearing might be described as a hidden front in the culture wars, except that no one is fighting on the other side.The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting
The Neurodiversity is the diversity of human minds, the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodiversity is a biological fact. It’s not a perspective, an approach, a... More and disability rights movements well-understand the ubiquity of behaviorism, and its tremendous costs.
Behaviorist education is A system that places value on people's bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normality, intelligence, excellence, desirability, and productivity. These constructed ideas are deeply rooted in anti-Blackness,... More education.
“Once we have arranged the particular type of consequence called a reinforcement,“ Skinner wrote in ”The Science of Learning and the Art of Teaching“ (1954), ”our techniques permit us to shape the behavior of an organism almost at will. It has become a routine exercise to demonstrate this in classes in elementary psychology by conditioning such an organism as a pigeon.”
“…Such an organism as a pigeon.” We often speak of “lab rats” as shorthand for the animals used in scientific experiments. We use the phrase too to describe people who work in labs, who are completely absorbed in performing their tasks again and again and again.
In education and in education technology, students are also the subjects of experimentation and conditioning. But in Skinner’s framework, they are not rats; they are pigeons.The Pigeons of Ed-Tech
Stimpunks Foundation exists because of a bipartisan embrace of “Empty Pedagogy, Behaviorism, and the Rejection of EquityA commitment to action: the process of redistributing access and opportunity to be fair and just.A way of being: the state of being free of bias, discrimination, and identity-predictable outcomes... More”. Reframing away from behaviorism is urgently needed and essential.
The pigeon. The object of technological experimentation, manipulation, and control, weaponized.
The pigeon. The child. The object of ed-tech.
The pigeon. The history of the future of education technology.The Pigeons of Ed-Tech
All these elements were part of Skinner’s teaching machines: the elimination of inefficiencies of the teacher, the delivery of immediate feedback, the ability for students to move through standardized content at their own pace.
Today’s ed-tech proponents call this “personalization.”The Monsters of Education Technology
We’ve been on quite a journey over the past 15 years, navigating increasingly ableist, behaviorist, Eugenics is the scientifically inaccurate theory that humans can be improved through selective breeding of populations.Eugenics is an inaccurate theory linked to historical and present-day forms of discrimination, racism, ableism and... More, and underfunded systems while contributing to the Neurodiversity movement and building community compatible with us.
Texas has multiple waiting • Progress in human understanding has become increasingly complex and overwhelming.• Checklists help prevent serious but easily avoidable mistakes.• Checklists should be as short as possible, include all essential steps... More for different types of care, including six for Medicaid waiver programs — which use state and federal funds to get people care in the community instead of in an institution — and one for safety net services provided locally. As of March, nearly 170,000 people were waiting for care through a Medicaid waiver program — a 115 percent increase since 2010. State data shows that some residents have been waiting for nearly 20 years to receive help.Nearly 200K disabled Texans are waiting for help, some for a decade
We rolled our own education, because we had too. We built something compatible with neurodiversity and the In the broadest sense, the social model of disability is about nothing more complicated than a clear focus on the economic, environmental and cultural barriers encountered by people who are... More using the tools of distributed work and indie ed-tech.
Neurodivergent and disabled people have to do-it-yourself (In the arts, bricolage (French for "DIY" or "do-it-yourself projects") is the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or... More), or we go without. We In the arts, bricolage (French for "DIY" or "do-it-yourself projects") is the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or... More from “a diverse range of things that happen to be available“.
In the arts, bricolage (French for “DIY” or “do-it-yourself projects”) is the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or a work constructed using mixed media.
The term bricolage has also been used in many other fields, including anthropology, philosophy, critical theory, education, computer software, and business.
Bricolage is a French loanword that means the process of improvisation in a human endeavor. The word is derived from the French verb bricoler (“to tinker”), with the English term DIY (“Do-it-yourself”) being the closest equivalent of the contemporary French usage. In both languages, bricolage also denotes any works or products of DIY endeavors.Bricolage – Wikipedia
The most important message I got from punk, was the DIY ethos. The DIY ethic. It’s inherently part of surviving.Don Letts, SHOWstudio: Stussy – Talking Punk with Don Letts and John Ingham
We survive on bricolage and We have to break away from that, accept the fact that we have to give every child--not just one maybe, maybe several, but at least one--personal computer to be his... More.
Ed-tech has always been more Thorndike than Dewey because education has been more Thorndike than Dewey. That means more instructivism than constructionism. That means more multiple choice tests than projects. That means more surveillance than justice.
(How Thorndike’s ed-tech is now being rebranded as “personalization” (and by extension, as progressive education) – now that’s an interesting story…The History of Ed-Tech: What Went Wrong?
Edward L. Thorndike won and John Dewey lost.An Elusive Science: The Troubling History of Education Research
We received a lot of help from human-centered educators along the way.
This is what we learned.
- Written Communication and Indie Ed-Tech: Neurodivergents Created This Communication Environment
- Reframing Learning: How We Use Caves, Campfires, and Watering Holes to Nurture Intrinsic Motivation, Enter Flow States, and Make Rock ’n’ Roll
- Fix Injustice, Not Kids: We’ve Turned Classrooms Into a Hell for Neurodivergence
- Choosing the Margin: Our Philosophical and Pedagogical Foundation
The sections below feature some light narrative and framing connecting articles on our website. Each section and the linked articles can be consumed in a couple, few hours, though delving our deeply sourced research-storytelling can occupy a lifetime. This was originally designed to be consumed over a four day conference track with discussion on each day.
Written Communication and Indie Ed-Tech: Neurodivergents Created This Communication Environment
Most conferences do not include us Stimpunks as either presenters or attendees. Conferences are sensory and social overwhelm, and speaking in front of an audience is very stressful due to Exposure anxiety (EA) is a condition identified by Donna Williams in which the child or adult feels acutely self-conscious; it leads to a persistent and overwhelming fear of interaction.Exposure anxiety... More, I am situationally mute. For anyone that isn’t aware of what that is, it simply means that in certain situations, places or around certain people I don’t want to and... More, and Rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD) is extreme emotional sensitivity and pain triggered by the perception that a person has been rejected or criticized by important people in their life. It may also... More. Conference to Restore Humanity is a wonderful exception because it embraces a communication environment created by neurodivergent people. Let’s use day 1 to appreciate this communication environment and what it can achieve.
Day 1 theme: Teams, Technology, and Help
► Main Takeaways
► Main Takeaways
- Technology, Text, and Alternative Socialization
- Online Communication and Autistic Community
- Anything but the Phone!
- Writing is the path to power for those born without power.
- The Future Is Text: The Universal Interface
- Text Augments All Other Media
- A Workflow-Focused Approach to Writing Offers a Pathway to Agency, Creativity, and Confidence
- Disabled ways of languaging are primarily about modality.
- Typed Words, Loud Voices
- Let’s Augment Everybody, Let’s Leave No Mind Behind
- Bring the Backchannel Forward
Before Stimpunks, Ryan and Kristina worked at Automattic, one of the first fully distributed companies. There, they helped develop a culture compatible with us neurodivergents using tools built by us, like WordPress. Our communication stack at Stimpunks is open source, and we use it with the experience of decades of building distributed communities, companies, and industries. We adapted the tools and culture of distributed work to indie ed-tech and human-centered learning.
► Main Takeaways
- Our Software
- Open Source Communication
- Indie Ed-Tech
- Blogging, Domain of One’s Own, and WordPress
- Toolbelt Theory is based in the concept that students must learn to assemble their own readily available collection of life solutions. They must learn to choose and use these solutions... More
- Bring the backchannel forward. Written communication is the great social equalizer.
- created serendipity: the more connected you are, the more ideas seem to find you, not the other way around.3 Obvious Ways Twitter Promotes Literacy – The Principal of Change Yet... More: Chance Favors the Connected Mind
- If bell hooks Made an LMS: a Praxis of Liberation and Domain of One’s Own
- Online Learning in Anti-Ableist Space
We choose open source tools built by and for communities. These communities have decades of iterative experience in bringing safety to the serendipity.
► Main Takeaways
- Created Serendipity: Chance Favors the Connected Mind
- Indie Ed-tech: Rewire and Reshape the World
- A Domain of Their Own: The Web We Need To Give Students
- No Student Will Have Mechanical Limitations in Access to Either Information or Communication
- Punk DIY: Students should have the freedom to explore and experiment with their school-issued devices.
- Teams, Technology, and Help
We use these tools to bricolage our activist research and research-storytelling.
Our learners spent months working on this website in preparation for the Conference to Restore Humanity. This course and our website was developed with and for the conference. Our preparation for the conference was a continuous act of dogfooding our tools and philosophy.
► Main Takeaways
- DIY or Die
- Identity Bricolage
- Scripts, Commonplaces, Canned Monologues
- Filling Our Databases With Serendipity
- Pastiche: Celebrating Our Influences
- Anti-libraries and Knowledge
- Everything Is a Remix
- Bricolage Fuels Constructionism
- That Could Be Me: Inspiring Constructionism
- Re-create and Rewrite Ideas
- Appropriate Space
- Adapt, Subvert, and Extend
- Copia Provides a Strategy of Invention
- Bricolage is a Living Thing
With Teams, Technology, and Help, our learners do work that impacts community.
Successful human beings, whether they have learning differences or not, mitigate weakness through teams, technology, and help, and they build a life around strengths, gifts, talents, and interests.
What we know about successful human beings is they take an interest and they make it a passion and they take the passion and they make it a sense of purpose and they take the sense of purpose and they build a pathway.Lab School Lecture Series
- What backchannels exist in your classroom, school, workplace?
- Communication is oxygen. What communication modalities are on offer?
- What’s in your Toolbelt Theory is based in the concept that students must learn to assemble their own readily available collection of life solutions. They must learn to choose and use these solutions... More?
- Are you biased toward eye-reading? Does your school conflate eye-reading with intelligence? Use the terms eye-reading, ear-reading, and finger-reading to enumerate and validate different types of reading.
- Does your classroom, workplace use three speeds of communication?
Reframing Learning: How We Use Caves, Campfires, and Watering Holes to Nurture Intrinsic Motivation, Enter Flow States, and Make Rock ’n’ Roll
Entering Monotropism is a theory of autism developed by autistic people, initially by Dinah Murray and Wenn Lawson.Monotropic minds tend to have their attention pulled more strongly towards a smaller number of interests at... More – or attention tunnels – is a necessary coping strategy for many of us.
Day 2 themes: There is consensus regarding some neurodevelopmental conditions being classed as neurominorities, with a ‘spiky profile’ of executive functions difficulties juxtaposed against neurocognitive strengths as a defining characteristic.Neurominorities, Spiky Profiles, and... More, Safety, Positive Niche Construction--practice of differentiating instruction for the neurodiverse brainNeurodiversity in the Classroom Positive niche construction is a strengths-based approach to educating students with disabilities. Reimagining Inclusion with Positive Niche Construction... More, Constructionism, Intermittent Collaboration, ANI launched its online list, ANI-L, in 1994. Like a specialized ecological niche, ANI-L had acted as an incubator for Autistic culture, accelerating its evolution. In 1996, a computer programmer... More, and Monotropism is a theory of autism developed by autistic people, initially by Dinah Murray and Wenn Lawson.Monotropic minds tend to have their attention pulled more strongly towards a smaller number of interests at... More
The front page of our website is all about reframing.
Today, we reframe learning and learners.
Appreciate our spiky profiles.
► Main Takeaways
- Spiky Profiles
- Learning Terroir
- Collaborative Niche Construction
- Monotropism is a theory of autism developed by autistic people, initially by Dinah Murray and Wenn Lawson.Monotropic minds tend to have their attention pulled more strongly towards a smaller number of interests at... More Feed Niche Construction
- Neurological Pluralism
- Let’s be weird.
- Let’s be proud of what we are.
- Difference Is a Teacher
- Weird Like You and Me
Our spiky profiles need anti-ableist space that isn’t designed against us. We need space without behaviorism, segregation, or A system that places value on people's bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normality, intelligence, excellence, desirability, and productivity. These constructed ideas are deeply rooted in anti-Blackness,... More. We need human-centered space designed to our edges.
► Main Takeaways
- The Need: Space without Behaviorism, Segregation, or Ableism
- The Answer: Reframing, Respectful Connection, and the Presumption of Competence
- The Feeling: Electric Belonging and Soaring Inclusion
- The Learning: Passion-Based, Human-Centered Learning Compatible With Neurodiversity and the In the broadest sense, the social model of disability is about nothing more complicated than a clear focus on the economic, environmental and cultural barriers encountered by people who are... More of Disability
- Come As You Are to Cavendish Space: psychologically & sensory safe spaces suited to zone work and intermittent collaboration. Since reading NeuroTribes, we think of psychologically & sensory safe spaces suited to zone work as... More
- We foster the feeling of Access intimacy is that elusive, hard to describe feeling when someone else “gets” your access needs. The kind of eerie comfort that your disabled self feels with someone on a... More.
- We Create Anti-Ableist Space
- We Find Our People and Co-create Ecologies of Care
We must design for Monotropism is a theory of autism developed by autistic people, initially by Dinah Murray and Wenn Lawson.Monotropic minds tend to have their attention pulled more strongly towards a smaller number of interests at... More and flow states.
► Main Takeaways
- Monotropism is a theory of autism developed by autistic people, initially by Dinah Murray and Wenn Lawson.Monotropic minds tend to have their attention pulled more strongly towards a smaller number of interests at... More minds tend to have their attention pulled more strongly towards a smaller number of interests at any given time, leaving fewer resources for other processes.
- Monotropism provides a far more comprehensive explanation for autistic cognition than any of its competitors.
- This interest model of mind is ecological, embodied, and exploratory.
- Monotropism offers a valuable lens for understanding and working with the intense interests of autistic students.
- Entering flow states – or attention tunnels – is a necessary coping strategy for many of us.
- Flow states are the pinnacle of Self-determination Theory (SDT) is... — a model, a macro theory, of human motivation.It’s one of several models of human motivation, but it’s one that has been confirmed over and over... More.
- Flow allows us to recharge.
- Embrace the obsession. Special interests are intimately tied to the well-being of autistic peoples.
We must design for sensory and social regulation.
► Main Takeaways
- Enable Dignity
- Perceptual Worlds and Sensory Trauma
- Quick Low Cost Things to Make a Difference for Autistic People
- How to Make Your Events Accessible to the Disability Community
- Universal Design
- Neuroception and Sensory Load
- In Our Own Words: The Complex Sensory Experiences of Autistic Adults
- Sensory Environment • Progress in human understanding has become increasingly complex and overwhelming.• Checklists help prevent serious but easily avoidable mistakes.• Checklists should be as short as possible, include all essential steps... More
- Adapting the Environment
- Checklist for Autism-Friendly Environments
- Access Survey
- Anything but the Phone!
- Neurodivergent and disabled speakers, notably Lydia X. Z. Brown and Jonathan Mooney, preface their presentations with an access note and a bodymind affirmation. They encourage people, be it in an... More
- Access Intimacy: That Elusive, Hard to Describe Feeling When Someone Else ‘Gets’ Your Access Needs
► Main Takeaways
- Cavendish Space
- Intermittent Collaboration
- Edges Cases Are Stress Cases: Design is Tested at the Edges
- Design With, Not For
- The School User Experience
- Student-created Context and Timeless Learning
- Hacking Schools: Getting Ourselves to Yes
► Main Takeaways
- Caves, Campfires, and Watering Holes
- Dandelions, Tulips, and Orchids
- Niche Construction
- Cognitive Diversity Exists for a Reason
- Social Buffering and Collaborative Morality
- Interdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. If this pandemic has done nothing else, it has illuminated how... More and Collaboration
Neurodivergent people are Psychological safety is a condition in which you feel (1) included, (2) safe to learn, (3) safe to contribute, and (4) safe to challenge the status quo—all without fear of... More barometers. When we have Cavendish space where we can construct niches, we can make cool stuff.
Josephmooon is a neurodiverse, multi-age, distributed musical collaboration featuring the work of two teenagers and their mentors. The greater Stimpunks community helps the band with websites, lyrics transcription, art, marketing, e-commerce, fulfillment, tax collection, and everything else that goes into hanging your shingle, running a business, and releasing music on every platform. Stimpunks is rich with learning curves and constructionism.
For me, constructionism lies at the heart of what I want to study—how do students construct music knowledge in a school makerspace? My hypothesis is if students make music artifacts in a makerspace, they will construct music knowledge. At this proposal stage of my dissertation, prior to any research, I am using a constructivist/constructionist definition of music knowledge: meaning derived from an experience with aural phenomena (Shively, 1995). A music artifact would be a representation of this constructed music knowledge through performance, creation, or description (Shively, 1995; Wiggins, 2015).
Constructionism is being practiced anywhere where people are making artifacts to represent their knowledge constructions.On Constructionism, Makerspaces, and Music Education
Behold our artifact, a Rock ‘n’ Roll album.
Lately I’ve been feeling out of tune, out of tune I don’t know why, but I would like to know why And I want to get back in tune Out of tune, that’s what I am Being out of tune pains my head (can’t get out of bed) Hurts from being out of tune and I just so want to get back in tune Out of tune, that’s what I am, out of tune When I get back in tune My good days will come back, and I’ll feel better If you’re feeling out of tune like I am now Get back in tune, like I said I will get back in tune But I don’t know when (hopefully soon) I know it could take time But let’s make it happen I’m back in tune Back in tune, that’s what I am Back in tune In tune, back in tune
Being autistic means a lifetime of fluid adaptation. We get a handle on something, develop coping strategies, adapt and we’re good. If life changes, we many need some time to readapt. Find the new pattern. Figure out the rules. Test out strategies to see what works.
In the mean time, other things may fall apart. We lose skills. We struggle to cope with things that had previously been doable under more predictable conditions. This is not regression to an earlier developmental stage, it’s a process of adapting to new challenges and it’s one that we do across a lifetime of being autistic.Autistic Regression and Fluid Adaptation | Musings of an Aspie
Josephmooon is what you get when you embrace the obsession and go where self-directed learning leads. It’s also an example of the power of “Teams, Technology, and Help” as discussed on day 1.
Josephmooon’s debut album, “So Far So Good”, offers songs about neurodivergent experience from the perspective of the lyricist, an Autistic and ADHD or what I prefer to call Kinetic Cognitive Style (KCS) is another good example. (Nick Walker coined this alternative term.) The name ADHD implies that Kinetics like me have... More teen.
Their second album is underway.
- What spiky profiles do you see in your classroom, school, workplace, family? Use our Autism and Kinetic Cognitive Style vocabulary pages to familiarize yourself with some common traits.
- Have you ever nurtured a splinter skill?
- Does your classroom have spaces for intermittent collaboration?
Fix Injustice, Not Kids: We’ve Turned Classrooms Into a Hell for Neurodivergence
Day 3 theme: Behaviorism is bad. Neurodiversity instead.
Today hits hard. We confront the harm done to neurodivergent and disabled students and propose alternatives.
► Main Takeaways
- Sensory Overwhelm and Meltdowns
- The Bipartisanship of Behaviorism
- Behaviorism: Measuring the Surface, Badly
- Autistic Burnout
- Autistic Adults and Autistic Community
- We Don’t Need Your Mindset Marketing: Education Technology and the New Behaviorism
- The Fundamental Attribution Error is that we overestimate the power of the person and underestimate the power of the situation.Student Culture and Learning: What’s the Connection? Lee Ross defined FAE... More and Harm Reduction Theater
- Stop BikesheddingThe term was coined as a metaphor to illuminate Parkinson’s Law of Triviality. Parkinson observed that a committee whose job is to approve plans for a nuclear power plant may spend the majority... More Bigotry and Deficit Ideology
► Main Takeaways
- Learn About Neurodiversity at School
- Build a Community of Practice
- Presume Competence
- Foster Neurological Pluralism
- Teach Autonomy and Self-determination Theory (SDT) is... — a model, a macro theory, of human motivation.It’s one of several models of human motivation, but it’s one that has been confirmed over and over... More
- Ditch “Special”
- Use Our Language
- Understand Monotropism and the The ‘double empathy problem’ refers to the mutual incomprehension that occurs between people of different dispositional outlooks and personal conceptual understandings when attempts are made to communicate meaning.From finding a... More
- Understand Exposure Anxiety, Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria, and Situational Mutism
- Appreciate our Spiky Profiles
- Reframe ADHD or what I prefer to call Kinetic Cognitive Style (KCS) is another good example. (Nick Walker coined this alternative term.) The name ADHD implies that Kinetics like me have... More as ADHD or what I prefer to call Kinetic Cognitive Style (KCS) is another good example. (Nick Walker coined this alternative term.) The name ADHD implies that Kinetics like me have... More
- Provide Opportunity but not Pressure
- Understand Equity and Needs-based EquityA commitment to action: the process of redistributing access and opportunity to be fair and just.A way of being: the state of being free of bias, discrimination, and identity-predictable outcomes... More
- Affirm Our Bodymind: A term used to challenge the idea the body and mind are experienced separately (Descartes). Written in various ways, Bodymind or Body-mind, this usage foregrounds the understanding that experiences... More
Choosing the Margin: Our Philosophical and Pedagogical Foundation
Day 4 themes: Anti-Ableist, Human-Centered, Interdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. If this pandemic has done nothing else, it has illuminated how... More
Our designs, our societies, and the boundaries of our Compassion Isn't CoddlingPeople often mistake compassion for “being nice,” but it’s not. At A List Apart, the editorial team still says no when a submission isn’t a good fit. At... More are tested at the edges, where the truths told are of bias, inequality, injustice, and thoughtlessness.
► Main Takeaways
- Compassion is not coddling.
- The more dehumanized groups a person belongs to, the more their experience forces them to understand about the way society is structured.
- This space of radical openness is a margin a profound edge.
- Living as we did on the edge we developed a particular way of seeing reality.
- We fear those who speak about us who do not speak to us and with us.
- Marginality as site of resistance. Enter that space.
- No one knows best the motion of the ocean than the fish that must fight the current to swim upstream.”
- By focusing on the parts of the system that are most complex and where the people living it are the most vulnerable we understand the system best.
- When we build things – we must think of the things our life doesn’t necessitate. Because someone’s life does.
Our Mission page is our heart, exposed. We get through rough nights on warm lines with our Mission page.
When we need to cry, we visit our Mission page. When we need to hope, we visit our Mission page. Our Mission page contains our Philosophy and our Code of Conduct. It preserves our souls and aligns us on our Mission.
► Main Takeaways
- Design is tested at the edges.
- Human cognitive diversity exists for a reason.
- The right to learn differently should be a universal human right that’s not mediated by diagnosis.
- Laziness does not exist.
- We urgently need a society that’s better at letting people get the rest they need.
- When you measure include the measurer.
- There is no path to equity that does not involve a direct confrontation with inequity.
- It is time to celebrate our interdependence!
- Community is magic. Community is power. Community is resistance.
- We exist as friction.
- Nothing About Us Without Us
- We should always be part of the conversation.
- Embracing pluralism is good citizenship.
- Name the systems of power.
► Main Takeaways
- Create a neurodiverse inclusive environment.
- Seven Pathways to Ensuring Life Long Learning Competencies
- The Eight GAP Principles
- Strong, Trusting Relationships
- Attend to the practices, policies, and aspects of institutional culture that traumatize children at school.
- Flow States Are the Pinnacle of Intrinsic Motivation
- The Direct Confrontation Principle
- The Prioritization Principle
- The “Fix Injustice, Not Kids” Principle
- Avoid These Equity Pitfalls
- The Basics of Open Technology
- Toolbelt Theory
- The Open Schoolhouse
We are interdependent.
Are you an inclusive world builder or a eugenicist world builder? Neurodiversity is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. Ableism and eugenics are at the core of our most pressing issues, including in education, and neurodiversity is the answer. Neurodiversity and disability communities have been fighting ableism, eugenics, pseudo-science, behaviorism, conversion therapy, anti-vaxxers, bigots, and the tyranny of the norm for decades. Join us in the trenches of pluralism. Our The right of people to control what happens to their bodies. Bodily autonomy means people get to make their own decisions about their bodies.Our Bodies, Our Rights: What’s Going On... More and our very bodyminds are under attack.
We live in an age of unvarnished eugenics, and neurodiversity is our most powerful response to it.
Neurodiversity is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. It’s time is now.
We’ll conclude with our creed. What’s your creed?
I know that pluralism is our reality. I know that Neurodiversity is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation, and that Neurodiversity friendly forms of collaboration hold the potential to transform pathologically competitive and toxic teams and cultures. I know Autistic forms of communication within a neurodiverse team and within a psychologically safe environment impart a collaborative advantage to the entire team. I know neurodiversity, the social model of disability, and Intersectionality's raison dêtre is to reveal the systems that organize our society. Intersectionality's brilliance is that its fundamental contribution to how we view the world seems so common-sense once you... More are urgently needed reframing necessary to equity and inclusion.
I reframe out of the confines of the medical model and pathology paradigm and into the respectfully connected expanse of the biopsychosocial model and the Neurodiversity paradigm. I reframe from deficit ideology to structural ideology.
I center the marginalized and the different. I center edge cases, because edge cases are stress cases and design is tested at the edges. I center neurodivergent and disabled experience in service to all bodyminds.
I will never stop learning. I will communicate as much as possible because communication is oxygen to an organization. I will never pass up an opportunity to help out another Stimpunk. I will maintain learner safety and remember what it is like to be a new contributor. I will make other people feel equal and not alone. I will build with, not for. I will default to open. I will move carefully and fix things. I will make things that help people, and I will not make things that harm people. I will bake ethics into everything I do. I will be a threat to inequity in my spheres of influence.
Raise your hand if you’re not from a mold (yeah me) Varied strings are worth more than gold Mah-ah-ah-ah-ahl function away Mah-ah-ah-ah-ahl function away Malfunction! Malfunction! Malfunction! ... Their Malfunction isn’t us, it’s all the clamor and the fuss
I’m about to pick you up get you back up on your feet you don’t need to worry love Even if we’re incomplete Come on baby open up Pull out the wires and trim the fluff Be yourself sounds so cliche But hey let's do it anyway