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dat.activism is a website for data-driven activism around Autism, women’s issues, disability and the world in general. All articles are in English and Portuguese.

dat.activism é um site para activismo baseado em dados relacionados com Autismo, assuntos feministas, incapacidades e do Mundo em geral. Todos os artigos são escritos em Inglês e Português.

Latest from the Blog

  • Gender diversity and Autism
    Cisgender people means their gender match their sex assigned at birth, while gender-diverse people, such as transgender, nonbinary or gender-queer, that their gender differ from the sex they were assigned at birth. Approximately 1–2% of the general population is estimated to be autistic and around 0.4–1.3% of the general population is estimated to be transgender and gender-diverse. […]
  • Meltdowns
    Meltdowns happen when there is an overload of the autistic brain, making it unable to process any other stimuli, which increases stress, which will be externalized as losing control and screaming, crying, performing self-harm stims, or being agressive. If shutdowns are a flight situation, meltdowns are the fight reaction. I believe which one are more […]
  • Serial killers and Autism
    A study in 2014 showed that from 239 serial killers and mass murders, the authors “identified” that 133 showed no evidence of autism or brain injury and 67 (or 28%) are described as having possible, probable, or definite autism. Another study even suggests a new diagnosis called Criminal Autistic Psychopathy.  Does this mean autistic people […]
  • Autistic Burnout
    Burnout is an intense physical, mental or emotional exhaustion, accompanied by a loss of resources in autistic adults. It may last for a few months, but some autists say they have felt impact for years. It was only discovered a few years ago, after several autists reported to the scientific community in a perfect example […]
  • The Anti-vax family business
    A recent YouGov survey found that one in six UK respondents indicated that they “definitely” or “probably would not” get vaccinated if a coronavirus vaccine became available. That is not new. Anti-vaccination groups got louder in the last few years and gain traction as an advocacy group. However, once you dive in the reality of […]
  • Shutdowns
    I had a pretty bad shutdown this weekend, and i am still recovering from it, so I decided to write a little about it, and dismiss some misinformation. If you think of the fight or flight reaction, a meltdown is the fight, and shutdown is flight reaction. Some autistic people might only have one of […]
  • Autism and Employment
    Just 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment, and only 32% are in some kind of paid work. This does not mean that autistic people are not able to work or want to, but rather that companies need to develop a procedure for inclusion and acceptance of the flexibility required for certain disabilities, […]
  • Routine and Autism
    One of the key traits to support the diagnosis in Autism is an insistence on sameness and an adherence to routines. Why? The world is full of sounds, colors, smells that overwhelm the autistic brain. If we control our own environment and are aware of what we will face today, we will be able to […]
  • Post-diagnosis reflection
    When we receive a late Autism diagnosis we tend to reevaluate our life and it happens a LOT to start seeing certain situations from a different perspective. We realize that it was not us who were “difficult” or “nitpicking” but it was neurological and uncontrollable. We realize bullying and hurtful situations. In one hand we […]
  • Autism is not a disease
    Unfortunately, there is still the idea that Autism is a disease. It is not. Autism is a neurological developmental condition, which means that our brain is slightly different compared to that of neurotypics. Autism is lifelong, but with support and therapy we can overcome difficulties and have jobs and friends. However, it is a spectrum […]
  • Jornal Expresso – Artigo “Sou autista. É um alívio.”
    Um artigo meu saiu no Expresso desta semana sobre ser autista. É importante haver mais representação e activismo pelo Autismo, dando espaço aos autistas em Portugal, não apenas especialistas e pais. O artigo fala da dificuldade de diagnóstico e compreensão em Portugal, assim como falta de espaço para vozes autistas. Podem aceder em em formato […]
  • Ableism
    Ableism Ableism is the discrimination and social prejudice against people with some disability, whether chronic or mental illness, Autism, hearing problems , wheelchair use, etc. Ableism assumes that people with disabilities are “inferior” to those without disabilities, directly or indirectly. Types of Ableism 1. Infantilizing adults: Do not treat autistic or disabled adults like children. […]
  • Taxing the richest 1%
    Also, these sectors are mainly populated by women, decreasing the gender pay gap, increasing opportunities for women in the work market, and lowering child poverty and food insecurity. Se o 1% mais rico pagar mais 0.5% de imposto da sua riqueza nos próximos 10 anos, podia criar investimento para 117 milhões de empregos em cuidados […]
  • Alexythimia: the difficulty in knowing what we feel
    Alexithymia is the difficulty in distinguishing the emotions we feel, identifying bodily sensations from emotional states, as well as describing our feelings, using emotional terms, or reading and identifying what others feel. This means that we can have an emotional reaction and not know how to identify it (sadness, uncertainty, etc.) or how to describe […]
  • Women’s Unpaid Work
    Unpaid work includes cooking, housework, gardening, elderly care, childcare and others. Unpaid work is not included in the countries GDP (Gross Domestic Product), however there are some economic theories that it should, since in Africa, for example, gathering firewood, is a very productive and essential activity in the rural area. However, it hasn’t been included […]
  • JPMorgan’s Autism at Work program
    JPMorgan has implemented a protocol for the hiring of more Autistic people called JPMorgan’s Autism at Work program, 5 years ago and already has 180 autistic people working on 40 different roles. “Our recruiters have been trained to understand that a person on the spectrum may not make eye contact, or could take longer to […]
  • Masking in Autism
    Masking or camouflage is when the autistic person observes and analyzes the behavior of others and imitates them, to hide difficulties in socialization. It can be used by men and women, however, due to the dynamics and expectations of women in society, it is easier for them to mask and is one of the main […]
  • Wealth Inequality
    Inequality is on the rise. According to a study of the “American Dream“, 92% of the people born in the 1940s had higher earnings at age 30 than their parents had with the same age, while only half of the people born in the 1980s earn the same or more. Since the economic crisis in […]
  • I Suspect I am Autistic. What now?
    If you have read the typical features of Autism and identified yourself in many of them … What now? 1. Take the Autism test to get a better idea of ​​the characteristics and to validate your suspicions. You can do it by following this link – The Ritvo Autism Asperger Diagnostic Scale-Revised (RAADS-R) or The […]
  • Stimming
    Stimming are repetitive self-stimulation behaviors and can be: shaking hands, touching hair, shaking the body, biting the inside of the lip, spinning, singing, etc. Everyone has some of these behaviors, especially in children or when we are stressed, but Autistic people tend to do it more often and while after adults. Although their purpose is […]
  • Fertility rate and Women’s Rights
    A new research showed that the population in several countries, as Spain and Japan, will lose half of their population until 2100, due to fertility rate decrease. The average of number of children a woman gives birth to fell from 4.7 in 1950 to 2.4 in 2017. If the number falls below approximately 2.1, then […]
  • Body image
    Almost one in two of the respondents, between the age of 18 and 24-year-olds, said images on social media had caused them to worry about their own body image. Also one in three young adults were depressed due to the same issue. Body image is seriously damaging the mental health and self-esteem of young adults […]
  • Anti-racism and Intersectionality
    Feminism has to accommodate for intersectionality. Intersectionality is the interconnected systems of oppression, when race, disability, social status, etc, cross in who we are. Feminism is not supporting women if doesn’t includes different experiences about what it means being one. Different people have different privileges and it is important to acknowledge them so no women […]

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