Is an “autism community” a dangerous mirage, or a valid social construct?

I have recently been asked on Twitter the following: “I’m going to ask a question but you don’t have to answer. So, I just started wanting to understand autism better since my son was dx, and I know the best knowledge comes from those actually in the community. Anyway, I imagine as you get (o)lder* … Continue reading Is an “autism community” a dangerous mirage, or a valid social construct?

A critical introduction to “The nine degrees of autism, a developmental model” (editors Wylie, Lawson & Beardon, 2015) -1-

Few may remember, even from amongst the book’s actual readers, that its complete title is “The Nine Degrees of Autism, a Developmental Model for the Alignment and Reconciliation of Hidden Neurological Conditions” (editors Wylie, Lawson & Beardon, 2015) The necessity of mentioning the book’s complete title is justified by a title’s further reaching implications. With … Continue reading A critical introduction to “The nine degrees of autism, a developmental model” (editors Wylie, Lawson & Beardon, 2015) -1-

Neurodiversity, or “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism” -Proposing the “Medi-Social© Model of Disability and Neurodivergence” III-

One of writing’s most complex hurdles is leaving one’s “body” to immerse in the dream within dream of creating a structure for a world somewhat different than the original. In the dystopian nightmare created by Orwell, Emmanuel Goldstein’s “book” becomes the embodiment of Winston’s hope that his participatory complicity in changing the past to suit … Continue reading Neurodiversity, or “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism” -Proposing the “Medi-Social© Model of Disability and Neurodivergence” III-

Proposing the “Medi-Social© Model of Disability and Neurodivergence” II -The Unwarranted Bias of the Social Model of Disability and Neurodivergence-

The late Prof Mark Oliver, presented on 23rd July 1990, at the Joint Workshop of the Living Options Group and the Research Unit of the Royal College of Physicians, a paper titled “THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIAL MODELS OF DISABILITY”, where he wrote: "The genesis, development and articulation of the social model of disability by disabled … Continue reading Proposing the “Medi-Social© Model of Disability and Neurodivergence” II -The Unwarranted Bias of the Social Model of Disability and Neurodivergence-

A Medi-Social Model of Neurodivergence/Neurodiversity, an Introduction… (- II -)

[Rev.] Romulus Campan FDScMH (Forensic), LTh (Hons), CertEd, QTS, PgCert Religion, Spirituality & Mental Health, PgCert Special Psychopedagogy, PgCert Autism & Asperger’s This article is an expanded and revised version of my previous post, A Concerned Neurodivergent’s critique of Judy Singer’s “There’s a lot in a name… Diversity vs Divergence” article – I – … I … Continue reading A Medi-Social Model of Neurodivergence/Neurodiversity, an Introduction… (- II -)

A Concerned Neurodivergent’s critique of Judy Singer’s “There’s a lot in a name… Diversity vs Divergence” article – I – …

I have only incidentally heard about Judy Singer, which is probably due to her two-decade long absence, which she succinctly describes as: “Returning to the field 20 years later”. As rather erratically “clarified” in her article, these motives seem to be, using the least belligerent term which comes to my mind, complex, motivated mainly as … Continue reading A Concerned Neurodivergent’s critique of Judy Singer’s “There’s a lot in a name… Diversity vs Divergence” article – I – …

The Stockholm Syndrome Symptomatology of Neurodiversity Militantism

I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in June 2017. As I wrote in the “About…” tab of my blog, “Over 50 years of a rather odd life, came to a sudden realisation, with all the clicks and cogs falling to their right places.” Little did I know at the time, that the sudden realisation … Continue reading The Stockholm Syndrome Symptomatology of Neurodiversity Militantism

Restructuring the Autism Spectrum Disorder Narrative around the Core Symptomatology of Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

[Rev.] Romulus Campan FDScMH, LTh(Hons), CertEd, QTS, PgCert Religion, Spirituality & Mental Health PgCert Special Psychopedagogy, PgCert Autism & Asperger’s “The theoretical understanding of the world, which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of great practical importance to animals, or to savages, or even to most civilised men”. Bertrand Russell Keeping in … Continue reading Restructuring the Autism Spectrum Disorder Narrative around the Core Symptomatology of Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

The #autistic lives of pines…

I was born in Northern Transylvania's Maramures, at the feet of majestic mountains, covered by ancient, noble forests, with their trees as brothers to us, and sisters. Strong beeches, venerable oaks, solitary pines, imbued with the crystalline waters of pure streams … It's the pines which fascinated my people for millennia, giving us our cradles, … Continue reading The #autistic lives of pines…

The Autistic Maelstrom …

In the new, updated edition of "The Autistic Spectrum" (2002), Lorna Wing offered on page 23 a brief history of the chaos which seems to continue to this day, surrounding risen and fallen efforts to decide the main, and sub-categories of what she identified as the Autistic Spectrum. In order to justify my statement, please … Continue reading The Autistic Maelstrom …