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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.

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  • Double empathy problem
    Double empathy theory: The Double Empathy Theory suggests that when people with very different perspectives of the world interact, they will struggle to empathise and communicate with each other. The Double Empathy problem, when applied to Autism, suggests that communication between autistic people is so efficient as neurotypicals, since we have similar ways to communicate, […]
  • Grunya Efimovna Sukhareva – the first person to recognize autism traits (1926)
    Grunya Efimovna Sukhareva – the first person to recognize autism traits (1926) In 1926, 20 years before Aspergers and Kanner, the child psychiatrist Grunya Efimovna Sukhareva, from Kiev, published a detailed description of autistic traits in a number of children. She published in Russian and German, so it is possible Aspergers read her work, although […]
  • Why Next for Autism and Mark Robber fundraising is problematic
    Colour the spectrum – Why Next for Autism and Mark Robber fundraising is problematic Center for Autism and the developing brain mission Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, which is run by Next for Autism, mission says is conducting research that “enhances the understanding of the causes, treatment and prevention of autism spectrum disorders”. […]
  • Meltdown – how does it feel (for me)
    I very rarely have meltdowns. I normally have Shutdowns. However, yesterday I had one and I would like to share with you how I felt. First of all, I tend to have meltdowns only for emotional overwhelm. Generally with sensory issues I feel exhausted, have a shutdown and fall asleep wherever I am. Since I […]
  • Domestic violence and Disabled Women
    Disabled women have 2.5 times more probability of suffering domestic violence than other women, according to the Office of National Statistics. However, when they try to leave this situation, they have less options. The reality is, for many disabled women, their own carers are their abusers. Those can be their partners, family, or support worker. […]
  • The History of MMS – Bleach as a false cure
    Industrial Bleach DOES NOT cure Autism. I know.. I feel insane when I have to write this, but apparently is still needed. Today I received a comment saying vaccines cause autism (again??) and that MMS or chlorine dioxide, can cure the symptoms that are autism (which apparently are parasites and heavy metals in the intestine, […]
  • Disability Poverty
    In 2017, 31% of disabled people in the UK lived in poverty – around 4 million people, while non-disabled was 20%. There are several issues that might impact that number: equipment and healthcare cost: higher costs of living, specially in equipement like hearing aids, wheelchairs, mobility aids, etc. education exclusion: 9% of disabled adults have […]
  • Walking home at night, as a disabled woman
    As a woman with disabilities, I am very well aware of how dangerous is for me to be alone at night. I shared my live location with friends/partner. I called my partner while I am walking alone at night. I wore a big jacket to hide any view of skin, even in summer. I held […]
  • Disability guide to cope with COVID-19 uncertainty
    How to cope with COVID-19 uncertainty? Ask Disabled people. The truth is we are the experts at dealing with uncertainty. We are not great at it, but we sure had to learn how to cope with it. COVID-19 brought a lot of anxiety, stress and mental health issues. The fact that we do not know […]
  • World Hearing Day!
    I have a hearing disability and I wear a hearing aid. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to understand people, with background noise, other voices etc (basically auditory processing disorder). Now with the masks is a nightmare (although please wear them, because they are important. if you would like to help get one with a window so […]
  • Disability Day of Mourning
    Today is the Disability Day of Mourning, a day to remember disabled people who were killed by their caregivers. Filicide is when a parent murder their child. Although in general, it is seen as a horrifying offense, when it hits the disability community it can be seen as “understandable” and “merciful”. That is what I […]
  • “Children that Hans Asperger sent to death” Day
    Tw: descriptions of torture and murder Today is suppose to be Aspergers Syndrome Day, to honor Hans Asperger on his birthday. However, Hans Aspergers have a very difficult history and for me, today is “Children that died due to Hans Aspergers Day”, so let’s talk about this. Hans Asperger lended his name to the old […]
  • Intersectionality
    Someone comment with me that they felt uncomfortable for me to do activism for Autism and for LGBTQI, and that Autism activism should remain unpolitical. So I decided to write something about Intersectionality and activism. Activism is political. Any kind of activism, for whatever they are fighting for. We are fighting to change not only […]
  • Actually Autistic people you may know
    What does all these people have in common? They are all #ActuallyAutistic In the picture: Dan Aykroyd – Actor and creator of Ghostbusters Sir Anthony Hopkins – Actor Tim Burton – Filmmaker Hannah Gadsby – Comedian Satoshi Tajiri – Creator of Pokemon David Byrne – Musician Dan Harmon – Creator of Rick and Morty Daryl […]
  • ABA Therapy Part 7 – Efficiency, is ABA the only way?
    So, is ABA that efficient that should be use for all autistic children? Not at all. Although we can’t deny that ABA seems to be efficient in the moment, there is still a question on what it is efficient for, and for how long. If ABA therapy is badly used, it can be “efficient” only […]
  • Again, the use of “Autistic” as an insult – Jornal de Negocios
    This week, Camilo Lourenco, in Jornal de Negocios (Portugal), said the following: “The first happened when she asked:” But does anyone think that other countries are not facing exactly the same problems? ” Only an autistic person of the worst (and I apologize to the true autistic people) is able to say such stupidity considering […]
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – a Personal Account by Bruno Abrantes
    There are other neurodiversities besides Autism, which are incredibly stigmatized and branded as taboo by society. One of those neurodiversities is OCD (Obcessive Compulsive Disorder). I bring you today the account of an old neurodiverse friend, Bruno Abrantes, and his life with OCD: “Living with OCD became a reality for me in early 2015. Basically […]
  • Prone restraints and their use in Sia’s movie Music
    Tw: Description of restraints, injuries and deaths Prone restraint is when you put the person/child facedown and sit or lay down on them, and it is use in disabled people when they have meltdowns, and I want to talk about it today. In Sia’s movie Music, we found several issues in the trailer that were […]
  • Priority for People with disabilities for COVID-19 vaccination
    Autistic people and several other disabilities should be in the priority round for the new COVID-19 vaccination, so I decided to gather some social and medical reasons to support this. Medical reasons COVID-19 Mortalility rate of people with learning disabilities is 4 times higher than general population, with people between 18 and 34 years old […]
  • ABA Therapy Part 6 – The practice (and bad therapists)
    After the long parts that I first wrote about the History of the ABA Therapy, I received several comments about how that it is in the past (although one of the cases is still going on today). So I gathered some of the claims that I received, and others that are mentioned by other autistic […]
  • ABA therapy Part 5 – Arguments against ABA by autistic adults and new research
    Some new research is focusing on autistic experience with ABA, opening a channel to change the systemic way we approach autistic experiences and bad reviews on therapeutical practices, to start to listen, instead of to ignore. Reason number 1: ABA in it’s purer form, is a compliance-based therapy, not independent thinking According to the study […]
  • ABA therapy series Part 4- The response to JRC from ABA organizations
    Although JRC had been a controversial figure and there were a lot of therapists trying to deny their work, I will talk today of ABA organizations and ABA experts that supported JRC and that do not forbide or denounce the use of punishment in ABA therapy, even after these cases reached the press, and how […]
  • ABA therapy Part 3 – Judge Rotenberg Center
    “I’ve never used electric shock,” he says in his calm, soft voice. “I wouldn’t rule it out. Particularly if we were deprived of other procedures. It’s more effective, and you wouldn’t bruise or cut the skin.” said Matthew Israel. Trigger warning: descriptions of torture and abuse And so he did. In the late 1980s, by […]

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