The Commons Social Change website features a new book which is a collection of stories about the neurodiversity movement. The collection gathers the voices of both activists and academics. The introduction explains the approach to commissioning the chapters.
The first book to bring together a collection of neurodiverse contributors to talk about events that shaped the movement, and which they themselves were involved with. Focuses on activists’ direct experience effecting change for people who identify as autistic rather than abstract accounts that reflect on autism’s social construction or essence.
Provides a one-stop shop for readers interested in the history and ideas of the neurodiversity movement and how these ideas have shaped production of expert and especially lay knowledge about autism. Gathers a collective of autistic activist/academic voices and engages in current theoretical debates around knowledge production and epistemic authority within (critical) research on autism.
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This edited collection offers a historical overview of the autistic community and neurodiversity movement through first-hand accounts. While the awareness and impact of the movement have grown, apparent misunderstandings persist. Therefore, the editor introduces the neurodiversity movement, documenting concepts via the scientific literature, community activists and advocates, and the contributors themselves.
This covers the terms neurodiversity and neurodiversity movement, the breadth of the movement, the rhetorical basis of its advocacy in neurological differences, its overlap with and divergence from the medical model, and its emphasis on self-advocacy. Then the introduction explains the approach to commissioning and editing contributing chapters, the historical background to the subject matter, and how the chapters fit into themes of gaining community, getting heard, and possibly entering the autism establishment.
Autistic People Against Neuroleptic Abuse, Dinah Murray
Autistics.Org and Finding Our Voices as an Activist Movement, Laura A. Tisoncik
Losing, Mel Baggs
Neurodiversity.Com: A Decade of Advocacy. Kathleen Seidel
Autscape, Karen Leneh Buckle
The Autistic Genocide Clock, Meg Evans
Shifting the System: AASPIRE and the Loom of Science and Activism, Dora M. Raymaker
Out of Searching Comes New Vibrance, Sharon daVanport
Two Winding Parent Paths to Neurodiversity Advocacy, Carol Greenburg, Shannon Des Roches Rosa
Lobbying Autism’s Diagnostic Revision in the DSM-5, Steven K. Kapp, Ari Ne’eman
Torture in the Name of Treatment: The Mission to Stop the Shocks in the Age of Deinstitutionalization, Shain M. Neumeier, Lydia X. Z. Brown
My Time with Autism Speaks, John Elder Robison
Covering the Politics of Neurodiversity: And Myself, Eric M. Garcia
“A Dream Deferred” No Longer: Backstory of the First Autism and Race Anthology, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu
Entering the Establishment?
From Protest to Taskforce, Dinah Murray
Critiques of the Neurodiversity Movement, Ginny Russell
Conclusion, Steven K. Kapp