Antisemitism, autistic culture, Autistic History, Disability Culture, Disability History, Discrimination, Jewish Culture

Autistic History: Grunya Efimovna Sukhavera

Grunya Kuhavera was a Jewish Ukrainian psychologist who discovered autism almost 20 years before Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger published their work. They did not have the first accounts of autism, Dr. Sukhavera did. Dr Sukhavera was born in Kiev to a Jewish family of Kahaim Faitelvich and Rakhil losifovna Sukhavera. Dr. Sukhavera graduated medical… Continue reading Autistic History: Grunya Efimovna Sukhavera

Deaf History, Disability History

Disability History: Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscubia, Alabama. She became DeafBlind after a fever caused by meningitis at 19 months old. Her teacher, Anne Sullivan taught her how to communicate with ASL, lipreading and Braille.  This is not to say that she wasn't able to do anything before being taught by Ms.… Continue reading Disability History: Helen Keller

Autistic History, Disability History

Autistic History: Willowbrook State School (MASSIVE TRIGGER WARNING)

Willowbrook was a  New York state funded asylum that front itself as a school for the developmentally disabled that was established in the 1930's. It was a complex of buildings that housed adults and children who were developmentally disabled. It was located in Staten Island, a borough of New York City. In this institution, the… Continue reading Autistic History: Willowbrook State School (MASSIVE TRIGGER WARNING)

Autistic History, Disability History, Disabled Parenting

The Effects of Eugenics is Being Felt in Doctors Offices, Even Now

Many think eugenics is a thing of the past. It was not left to die when the Nazi party fell or when the autism DNA project had clapback. It is especially evident when the genetic test for Down's syndrome was made widely available. Now there is a test to see if your fetus has Down's… Continue reading The Effects of Eugenics is Being Felt in Doctors Offices, Even Now

ABA, Autistic History, Disability History

Autistic History: Judge Rotenberg Center

The Judge Rotenberg Center is an institution that is located in Canton, Massachusetts. It was founded by Mathew Israel in 1971 and originally called the Behavior Research Institute. Israel was a psychologist who trained with B F Skinner, the founder of radical behaviorism. In 1994, they changed their name to the Judge Rotenberg Center to "honor the… Continue reading Autistic History: Judge Rotenberg Center

Autistic History, Disability History

Graduate Students Find Error in Autism Diagnosis Tool That Prevented Many People From Being Diagnosed

Normally when there is a suspicion of autism, a diagnosis team is sought out. One of the first tools to see if the person in question is in fact autistic and to move forward are screeners. These screeners come in the form of checklists and questionnaires.   One of the screeners is called the Autism… Continue reading Graduate Students Find Error in Autism Diagnosis Tool That Prevented Many People From Being Diagnosed

autistic culture, Autistic History, Disability Culture, Disability History

Don't Mourn For Us by Jim Sinclair

[This article was published in the Autism Network International newsletter, Our Voice, Volume 1, Number 3, 1993. It is an outline of the presentation Jim gave at the 1993 International Conference on Autism in Toronto, and is addressed primarily to parents.]  Parents often report that learning their child is autistic was the most traumatic thing that… Continue reading Don't Mourn For Us by Jim Sinclair

Autistic History, Disability History

Autistic History: Aspies For Freedom

Aspies For Freedom (AFF) was a activist group that aimed to raise public awareness of the autistic rights movement that was founded in November 2004 by Amy and Gwen Nelson. Gwen Nelson made parodies of Autism Speaks. In these parodies they stated that Autism Speaks silences autistic people, which is true. The usage of the infinity symbol… Continue reading Autistic History: Aspies For Freedom

Autistic History, Disability History

A Draft of the Declaration of the Autism Community by Aspies for Freedom

Members of the autism community, comprising those with conditions on the autism spectrum, such as autism and asperger’s, are hereby declaring that we are a minority group and wish to be accorded the legal protection and freedom from discrimination that is shown to other minority groups. We recognise ourselves as a minority group based on… Continue reading A Draft of the Declaration of the Autism Community by Aspies for Freedom

autistic culture, Autistic History, Disability Culture, Disability History

Autistic History: Autistic Pride Day

Autistic Pride Day was established by the advocacy organization Apies for Freedom (AFF) in 2005 to raise public acceptance and celebrate autistic people and their identity. Autistic Pride Day was inspired by the LGBTQ pride events during June. This helped drive positive societal changes for autistic people.  "Autistic Pride Day is on 18th June each… Continue reading Autistic History: Autistic Pride Day