In late Spring 2021, the CTW put a call out for resources around neurodiversity to support neurodiverse people in the NVC feel valued and nurture a sense of belonging and to support neurotypical people learn and grow in understanding. Here are the responses.
“I can help navigate the lay of autistic media when seen through an understanding that there are three groups, parents, professionals and autistic people. Following along from the idea from disability, ‘nothing for us, without us’ many of us are trying to bring the autistic voice into the arena, that has at least historically been dominated by the other two groups.” Autism activist
NVC and neurodiversity
“For me, NVC itself is a bridge between neurotypicalities. However I have experienced some situations within workshops or groups, where people bring expectations as to how I should behave or cope that make the event/experience less accessible than i would enjoy. In this way, I am interested in considering what I can do to help decolonise NVC practise”. – em.
Beginning to undo internalised ableism by Sue Johnston
Neurodiversity Weekend Oct – Recordings – Google Bridging the intercultural gap between people with the predominant neuro type and those who are neuro divergent. Covering: Autism history / Diagnosis; what is clinically correct. / Social communication; language processing. / Social understanding; Theory of mind / Thinking styles; patterns, flexibility, central coherence, context and executive functioning. / Sensory processing / Relationships, gender, sexuality / Autism culture; identity and masking / Autism present
Autistic in NYC – “Nonviolent Communication” Good overview of the benefits and pitfalls of NVC.
Resources about neurodiversity (books, podcasts, films, interviews)
The double empathy problem might be an ideal starting point, as it mirrors Marshall’s earliest work in problematizing how neurodifference is subject to power over/pathological paradigms of the right way of encountering the world, understanding language or being in the world.
Anything by Dr Damian Milton is excellent. (Recommendation by UK community member with lived experience)
Celebrating ADHD! Podcasts and support groups (UK)
Why school is so challenging for autistic children (US perspective)
Life on the spectrum: Women sharing their unique experience (of autism).
https://youtu.be/o6NFgyOVG-4 @ YouTube (1 hour 40 minutes)
Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking by Julia Bascom
The ABCs of Autism Acceptance by Sparrow Rose Jones
Catherine Faherty’s books are very practical and helpful: https://catherinefaherty.com/books/
Nick Walker’s work is excellent too.
Dinah Murray and her son Fergus are both autistic. Her theory of monotropism is the current best model we have: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-32/august-2019/me-and-monotropism-unified-theory-autism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4G0HTIUBlI Old but good. Paul Wady narrates (The guerilla Aspie).
The Reason I Jump (book by Naoki Higashida ) Useful and illuminating if you want some idea of what it is like to be autistic in a non autistic society. This book consists of FAQ about autism with the author answering them. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16113737-the-reason-i-jump
The reason I Jump (Film by Jerry Rothwell)
https://ellemcnicoll.com/ Show us who you are
The second book from the author of A Kind Of Spark, with Neurodivergent characters you’ll root for and a moving friendship at its heart. When Cora’s brother drags her along to his boss’s house, she doesn’t expect to strike up a friendship with Adrien, son of the intimidating CEO of Pomegranate Technologies. As she becomes part of Adrien’s life, she is also drawn into the mysterious projects at Pomegranate. At first, she’s intrigued
This page is a work in progress, if you know of other helpful resources around neurodiversity, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are now working on resources about Visible and Invisible disabilities
Updated July 2021