Nurturing shared understanding in a deceptive world
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by Jorn Bettin
1w ago
Social construction of neuronormative reality High fidelity conceptual models of our rich internal worlds The atoms of thought Autistic artistic expression The art of explanation Explaining the language of symbolic thought The desire to understand and be understood Being hypersensitive in a hyper-normative world The relational understanding of groups Numerical scientific models that are fitted to observable data Numerical models in the natural sciences Statistical models in the social sciences Conceptual models vs narratives Social construction of neuronormative reality Many medica ..read more
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Event: N is for Neurodivergent: The Parables of the X-Men with Tré Ventour-Griffiths
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by NeuroClastic
1w ago
Join NeuroClastic and Autistic practitioner-academic, creative writer, author, and historian Tré Ventour-Griffiths for a webinar on February 22, 2023, as he explores Marvel's X-Men through the lens of neurodivergence. When: February 22, 2023 Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern, 7:00 pm GMT (UK) Where: Worldwide virtual webinar Registration link: Click here to register Price: Event is free with option to donate Recording available: Recordings are available for a fee of $10 and can be purchased at the above registration link Disclaimer: NeuroClastic and Tré Ventour-Griffiths do not own the ..read more
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Poetry: My Reflections on MLK Day and My Dreams for Nonspeakers
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by Swarit Gopalan
1w ago
History is a work in progress for MLK’s dreams Many of the oppressed vouch by its underlying themes Essential, the trifecta of truth, peace and justice What will we give to realize his dreams as is Right at the very core of every nonspeaker There exists a truth and justice seeker Whose heart beats for the rally of the oppressed Whose soul does not rest with justice surfaced Poignant is this moment in the non speaker revolution Possibilities limitless in this historic evolution Millions remain on the margins voiceless Rendering the graves of the MLKs restless Lots of small but mighty voices ar ..read more
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Collaborative niche construction
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by Jorn Bettin
2w ago
Psychiatry is slowly catching up with the concept of neurodiversity amongst animals, including humans, taking clues from animal biology/psychology and from the neurodiversity movement. The language used is still compliant with the language of the pathology paradigm, but if you are unfamiliar with the emerging discipline of evolutionary psychiatry, the presentation by Adam Hunt will provide you with an good foundation. The core observations are piggybacking on what Autistic communities have been discussing for a number of years, and what has more recently also found its way into anthropologica ..read more
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An Introduction to Creepology: How to identify predators
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by Ash Banks
1M ago
For many women, creeps are a serious, ubiquitous, pervasive problem. They seem to be everywhere. Not only do they pester us in public, but some are capable of worming their way into our social lives, poisoning our experiences. For many men, creeps are like unicorns: they hear about them a lot but they never actually see one. Even when they do, they don’t understand what the fuss is all about. This article aims to bridge that gap by explaining the nature of creeps, how and why they manage to infiltrate our social circles, and how we can deal with them in a safe and timely manner. Disclaimer: t ..read more
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Book Review: I Will Die on This Hill
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by sebastianthedude
1M ago
Both autistic self-advocates and allistic allies have lent their voices to the neurodiversity movement through literature, but there has not been an example where a self-advocate and an ally writing a book together. I Will Die on This Hill by Meghan Ashburn and Jules Edwards seeks to fill that void as a guide to heal the divide between the autism community (non-autistic parents and professionals) and the autistic community (autistic people themselves). Ashburn from Not an Autism Mom fame and Edwards from Autistic, Typing share incredibly similar, yet wildly unique, perspectives which perfectl ..read more
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Nurturing healthy Autistic relationships
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by Jorn Bettin
1M ago
Building blocks of cultural organisms Physical presence and activity Relational presence and activity Internal presence and creativity Dialogue Routines Open Space Autistic relationships Co-pilots and braking assistants Developing relationships Co-piloting vs co-dependency Repairing relationships An analogy De-powered self-assurance vs the powered-up cult of the self Bootstrapping trust Interfacing with the neuronormative world Relationships between Autistic people are often more intense than relationships between culturally well adjusted neuronormative people. Healthy Autistic rel ..read more
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Book Review: What I Mean When I Say I’m Autistic by Annie Kotowicz
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by AdamAuron Lodestone
1M ago
What I Mean When I Say I'm Autistic: Unpuzzling a Life on the Autism Spectrum is part memoir, part survival guide, and all relatable. This brand new book by well-known Autistic author and advocate, Annie Kotowicz, better known by the name of her social media presence, "Neurobeautiful," is in my view one of the very best examples of Autistic representation yet published. Let me begin this review by appreciating the title of the book, which reads to me as a bit of a clap-back at the puzzle piece as an imposed symbol of Autism, a symbol not of our own choosing and one which offends a great many ..read more
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Healing from Autistic trauma
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by Jorn Bettin
1M ago
The ocean is my natural habitat. I feel more at home in salt water than on land. My mind does not rest until all new experiences have been consolidated into my current understanding of the world, which is facilitated by spending time in and on the water. Extract from ‘Uncovering the Words of the Wordless Aut Sutra’ (Mirra 2020): We consider the Aut Sutra as pre-dating 500 BCE (when the historical Buddha appeared) by at least a hundred million years. We consider active-receptive autist (or atmost) silence as an appearance of suññatā (emptiness). Further, the familiar uncorrupted qualities tha ..read more
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What autistics mean when we say this world is not made for us: How fun activities push autistics into the margins
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by Terra Vance
1M ago
Key points: Autistic people and our accomplices regularly repeat the mantra, "This world is not made for us." This article walks you through a specific experience in the life of an autistic parent of an autistic child to illustrate how the world is not made for us. Enjoyable, fun events we want to participate in can cause distress, trauma, and social exclusion even if they have no obvious catastrophes. The circumstances in this specific article can be generalized to therapeutic, educational, social, athletic, professional, and home settings. All autistic people are different, so the circumst ..read more
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