Resources – Neurodiversity

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). @ YouTube (1 hour 40 minutes)

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman

The forgotten history of autism by Steve Silberman (TED talk)

Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking by Julia Bascom

The Real Experts: Readings for Parents of Autistic Children ed. Michelle Sutton

The ABCs of Autism Acceptance by Sparrow Rose Jones

Catherine Faherty’s books are very practical and helpful:

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: Old but good.  Paul Wady narrates (The guerilla Aspie).

‘Good’ behaviour at school, not so good at home?

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.

The reason I Jump (Film by Jerry Rothwell)

Novel 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

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We are now working on resources about Visible and Invisible disabilities

Updated July 2021