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

Holocaust, Jewish Culture

The November Progorm, Kristallnact, The Night of Broken Glass

The November Progrom, Kristallnact or the night of broken glass took place on November 9-10, 1938. This was a violent anti Jewish demonstration that took place across Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic).  Nazis justified these riots as the reaction to the assassination of the German official Ernst vom Rath. He was killed… Continue reading The November Progorm, Kristallnact, The Night of Broken Glass

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 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

Autistic History, Disability History, Holocaust

Autistic History: Hans Asperger

Background Johann Friedrick Karl Asperger (1906-1980) was born on February 18, 1906 in Hausbrunn,Vienna, Austria on a farm near Vienna. He was the oldest of three sons. Parents were Sophie and Johann Asperger.  Hans parents were raised on a farm but Hans and his brothers were raised in the city of Vienna. His younger brother Karl… Continue reading Autistic History: Hans Asperger

Autistic History, Disability History

Autistic History: Jim Sinclair

Jim is in the purple   Jim Sinclair is an autistic professional who worked with autistic people. Xe was born in December of 1961. Jim did not start speaking until xe was 12.   Gender Identity When Jim started speaking, they were very outspoken about not being a girl. Soon after, xyr were sent for intensive… Continue reading Autistic History: Jim Sinclair