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  • Ableism - 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, eugenics, misogyny, colonialism, imperialism and capitalism.This form of systemic oppression leads to people and society determining who is valuable and worthy based on a person’sContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Access Intimacy - Access intimacyAccess 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 is that elusive, hard to describe feeling when someone else “gets” your access needs. The kind of eerie comfort that your disabledThe labelContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Autism - AutisticAutistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability.If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, spend time amongst Autistic people, online and offline.  If... More ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability. If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, spendContinue reading "Glossary"
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  • Behaviorism - Ultimately behaviorismUltimately 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 provides a simplistic lens that can’t see beyond itself. Why is the doctrine of behaviorism still being used, at all? How can ABAContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Bodily Autonomy - The right of people to control what happens to their bodies. Bodily autonomyThe 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 means people get to make their own decisions about their bodies. OurContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Bodymind - BodymindBodymind: 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: A term used to challenge the idea the body and mind are experienced separately (Descartes). Written in various ways, Bodymind or Body-mind, this usageContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Bodymind Affirmation - NeurodivergentNeurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”Neurodivergent is quite a broad term. Neurodivergence (the state of being... More and disabledThe label "disabled" means so much to me. It means I have community. It means I have rights. It means I can beContinue reading "Glossary"
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  • Canary - AutisticAutistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability.If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, spend time amongst Autistic people, online and offline.  If... More man Freestone Wilson suggested in the 1990s that autistic people are functioning as the “miners’ canariesAutistic man Freestone Wilson suggested in the 1990s thatContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Created Serendipity - created serendipitycreated 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: the more connected you are, the more ideas seem to find you, not the other way around. 3 Obvious Ways Twitter Promotes LiteracyContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Crip - Some people with disabilities call themselves “crips.” “CripSome people with disabilities call themselves “crips.” “Crip” used to be a mean word for disabled. It is short for “cripple.” But some disabled people call themselves “crips” on purpose.... More” used to be a mean word for disabledThe label "disabled" means so much to me. It meansContinue reading "Glossary"
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  • Digital Sociology - But, there is something sociology must do. It is our disciplinary imperative to understand societies. Just as communication studies understands forms of communication, sociology must understand the social. If we have learned anything from internet studies it is that the internet is central to every form of social interaction in advanced modern societies. It isContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Disabled - 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 in the face of ableists. It means I can be myself and so much more. #WhenICallMyselfDisabled TheDisabilityEnthusiast on Twitter “Disability” and “disabledThe label "disabled" meansContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Double Empathy Problem - The ‘double empathyThe ‘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 problem’ refers to the mutual incomprehension that occurs between people of different dispositional outlooks and personal conceptual understandings when attempts are madeContinue reading "Glossary"
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  • Exposure Anxiety - Exposure anxietyExposure 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 (EA) is a condition identified by Donna Williams in which the child or adult feels acutely self-conscious; it leads to a persistent andContinue reading "Glossary"
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  • Forced Intimacy - Forced intimacyForced intimacy is a cornerstone of how ableism functions in an able bodied supremacist world. Disabled people are expected to “strip down” and “show all our cards” metaphorically in order... More is a cornerstone of how ableismA system that places value on people's bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normality, intelligence,Continue reading "Glossary"
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  • Intersectionality - 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 have heard it: by focusing on the parts of the system that are most complex and where the people living it are the most vulnerableContinue reading "Glossary"
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  • Kinetic Cognitive Style - I’m not a fan of the “ADHDI'm not a fan of the “ADHD” label because it stands for “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” and the terms “deficit” and “disorder” absolutely reek of the pathology paradigm. I've frequently... More” label because it stands for “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” and the terms “deficit” and “disorder” absolutely reek ofContinue reading "Glossary"
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  • Meltdown - MeltdownsMeltdowns are alarm systems to protect our brains.Without meltdowns, we autistics would have nothing to protect our neurology from the very real damage that it can accumulate.I don’t melt down... More are alarm systems to protect our brains. Without meltdowns, we autistics would have nothing to protect our neurology from the very real damage thatContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Monotropism - MonotropismMonotropism 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 is a theory of autismAutistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability.If you are wondering whetherContinue reading "Glossary"
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  • Neurodivergent - NeurodivergentNeurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”Neurodivergent is quite a broad term. Neurodivergence (the state of being... More, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.” Neurodivergent is quiteContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Neurodiversity - NeurodiversityNeurodiversity 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 is the diversity of human minds, the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species. NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodiversity is a biologicalContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Neurological Pluralism - ANI launched its online list, ANI-L, in 1994. Like a specialized ecological niche, ANI-L had acted as an incubator for AutisticAutistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability.If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, spend time amongst Autistic people, online and offline.  If... More culture, accelerating its evolution.Continue reading "Glossary"
  • Niche Construction - Positive Niche ConstructionPositive 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–practice of differentiating instruction for the neurodiverse brain Neurodiversity in the Classroom Positive niche construction is a strengths-based approach to educating students withContinue reading "Glossary"
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  • Psychological Safety - Psychological safetyPsychological 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 is a condition in which you feel (1) included, (2) safe to learn, (3) safe to contribute, and (4) safe to challenge theContinue reading "Glossary"
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  • Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria - 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 be triggered by a sense of falling short—failing to meet their own high standards or others’ expectations. How ADHD Ignites Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria For peopleContinue reading "Glossary"
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  • Social Model of Disability - The social model of disabilityThe social model of disability is a reaction to the dominant medical model of disability which in itself is a functional analysis of the body as machine to be fixed... More is a reaction to the dominant medical model of disability which in itself is a functional analysis of the bodyContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Special Needs - The word “special” is used to sugar-coat segregation and societal exclusion – and its continued use in our language, education systems, media etc serves to maintain those increasingly antiquated “special” concepts that line the path to a life of exclusion and low expectations. “He ain’t special, he’s my brother” – Time to ditch the phraseContinue reading "Glossary"
  • Stimming - Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimmingSelf-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or words, or the repetitive movement of objects Stimming - Wikipedia Autistic adults highlighted the importance of stimming as... More and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or words, or the repetitive movement of objects  Stimming – Wikipedia AutisticAutistic waysContinue reading "Glossary"
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