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Listening to @stevesilberman and @JHMarble in conversation about #autism and #neurodiversity at @square! Will be Live-tweeting as much as possible. :)
@stevesilberman @JHMarble @Square Steve is talking about the origins of #NeuroTribes in the early aughts, and how before he began his research he though #autism was rare. And how the conspiracy theories about causation were really running rampant.
@stevesilberman @JHMarble @Square He then wrote his classic article The Geek Syndrome, talking about how some autistic people were finding refuge in the Tech industries of Silicon Valley — and would often have #autistic offspring.
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Hey, I’ve asked this before but wanted to do another round. #ADHD #AskingAutistics #Neurodiversity folks in online communities:

What are some obstacles you encounter in online spaces? What practices feel exclusionary or difficult to navigate? What would you like to see change?
DMs are open if you’d like to remain anonymous and I love unfiltered text walls of info-dumping, so don’t worry about masking for my benefit if that’s holding you back in any way. 💜
I’m thinking in terms of online social justice spaces, and digital organizing spaces, particularly those which are largely text-based.

I run one of these spaces and I’m ADHD but I’d like to hear more people’s stories to better guide our work towards being more inclusive.
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Here's my latest update to my collection of active Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags - previous update 12.13.18.

Please share it. Thank you! :-) Light blue sand background has the # drawn in the sand to the right. The left side is blank. <br />
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At the bottom of the picture, text reads
Portable PDF version will appear on my Kofi in the next day or so.


These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also helpful for crowdsourcing solutions.

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Last twitter thread for this job with me, @AutisticaUK & @turinginst! Because the deadline is THURSDAY 17 JAN! Just two days to get your application in 😱🤗🤩

I’m going to give you my opinions on how to write a good cover letter. I hope they’re helpful!…
Let’s start by saying these are only my opinions. I’ll justify them so I hope they make sense to you. But different selection committees will have different requirements. Don’t over generalise to different positions :)
Here’s a screenshot of the application procedure from the job ad. It asks for a CV, contact details of your referees, and a covering letter.

Not much, right?

I think this makes the application pretty freaking hard! Let me explain why.
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The one autism & parenting approach I want folks to absorb for 2019: if your #autistic child is violent or aggressive then that usually means something is really really wrong with them, health or environment-wise, and you really need to figure out what it is—for everyone’s sake.
It can be really, really hard to figure out the source of an autistic kid’s (or adult’s) extreme distress. But you know what makes it harder? People assuming aggression is "because of autism,” & not because something is wrong. And then so much avoidable suffering happens.
This is why you don’t want to listen to #autism “experts" who recommend “extinction,” punishments or aversives for kids who are aggressive, without even bothering to figure out why they might be in pain or other distress—because that is ignoring/punishing someone who needs help.
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Here's my lastest update Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags - previous update 10.17.18

Please share it.
I'll have a PDF version of this for download on my Ko-fi by this time tomorrow. Link at the end.

These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also good for crowdsourcing solutions.

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@AutismAdvoCat @stevesilberman @NeuroRebel OK. F*** that. Get ready for a thread.
@AutismAdvoCat @stevesilberman @NeuroRebel My high-support #autistic son is now a teenager. I initially bought into the message that vaccines caused autism, because in the early 2000s it was not easy for laypeople to get past the media hype on the topic, and find reliable mainstream information. 1/ #vaccinesWork
@AutismAdvoCat @stevesilberman @NeuroRebel I enrolled my son in a study on #autism and regression at the UC Davis MIND Institute, which was founded by parents who sought cures and believed in a vaccine link. #vaccinesWork 2/
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Full house on #CognitiveDiversity tonight!! #ServLab
Christine and Tom from Open Inclusion kicks off tonight #ServLab
How we think is shaped by many factors #CognitiveDiversity #ServLab
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Updating Twitter disability hashtag thread.

@AllisonR has educated me that I should use Sentence Case for #Accessibility. Graphic reads: # symbol followed by the word Hashtag in white lettering on a blue background.
I have #brainfog so I know I missed someone. Please add your favorite resources as a reply.
Do you want to share your disability experience with others? Try these hashtags.

Amplifying stories

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I really wish all the panicked, breathless newspaper articles about “banning” clapping at universities would do a little basic research and stop calling sign language applause “jazz hands.”
A little history: The #neurodiversity movement picked up sign language applause because the noise can be painful for some #ActuallyAutistic people. We started doing this in the 1990’s when we started doing IRL events like Autreat. Noise isn’t such a big deal on Usenet or IRC.
I don’t know enough about #Deaf history to know when applause was added to the American or British Sign Language vocabularies but they definitely did it first.
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OK folks... I've been waiting a few weeks to do this... Strap in!

Our cover story on DIVERSITY COMPUTING is now open access in @TheOfficialACM Interactions magazine - link below.

Here's a thread about this exciting new vision for tech #DivComp…
First things first. The ideas in this paper and this htread came from a serious of thrilling and inventive conversations and writing-sessions with @theblub @cfrauenberger @MauriceMagnee @participha and others not on twitter - especially Juan Ye from @univofstandrews
And what were those conversations about, I hear you cry?

Well, they were mostly about how we could make computing a tool for a better society. We had a strong focus on #neurodiversity & #autism (obvs) but actually these ideas link to all sorts of diversity dimensions

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This is probably the best thing I have seen in forever.…
"Autism rights and neurodiversity advocates see the traditional conception of normal and abnormal conditions as an example of privilege and discrimination, and draw parallels with other movements for greater acceptance of diversity, such as the LGBT rights movement."
"Neurodiversity proponents acknowledge that many autistic individuals need a lot of support, that autistic people may struggle with everyday tasks, and that autism is a disability....
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