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Autism and Activism

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

  • 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 […]
  • ABA therapy Part 2 – Behavior Research Institute
    Trigger warning: descriptions of torture, violence and abuse The founder Matthew Israel and the Behavior Research Institute Matthew Israel studied behaviorism with Skinner (to the people that wanted me to mentioned him, here it is) and got his PhD from Harvard in the 60s. Inspired by Walden II, he tried to create an utopia based […]
  • ABA Part 1 – Ivar Loovas opinions on Autism
    I wanted to add a part 2 of part 1 about founder Ivar Loovas, with his quotes and opinions about autistic people, since the initial post was already too big. This serves only to see exactly what he supported and his therapy was based. Some therapists still take Lovaas as a pioneer, and it is […]
  • What is Activism?
    I got a lot of “feedback” from my last post so I wanted to stop the several part posts on ABA to talk about the responses I received for showing a piece of history. My last post was a gathering of history and facts. In no part whatsoever I say I am completely against therapies. […]
  • ABA Part 1 – The Founder Ivar Lovaas
    I promised to do a serie of information relating to the ABA or  applied behavior analysis  history and this is part 1 – their founder Ivar Lovaas. Although Lovaas was not the sole helper in the development of ABA he was one of the major forces in implementing, studying it and supporting it. So I […]
  • Happy New Year – Goodbye 2020
    The year is ending and it feels like decades since it started. So much happened to all of us, that a review on the year almost seems a bit sadistic. However, there was a lot that we learned this year. In the beginning of 2020 I found out I am autistic. Yes, it seems a […]
  • Using Autism as a legal defense
    Alek Minassian was a self-proclaimed incel that drove a rented van into dozens of pedestrians on Yonge St., and his new legal defense is that his mental state was impaired, since he is Autistic. Alek killed 10 people and injured another 16. This is not new either, since Jason Berlin, convicted of rape, had his […]
  • Christmas, overwhelm and toxic people
    Christmas is a time to spend with family, friends and loved ones in general, but unfortunately, for some this might mean spending time with toxic people that hurt them, for several reasons. It is also a time for a lot of socialization, a lot of noise, a lot of touch. I always struggled a little […]
  • Yale and Autism in 2020 study: scaring autistic toddlers for research
    The Yale Child Study Center is a center for Yale School of Medicine in Yale University. They have a center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Research where several studies on Autism are developed. On 7th of December 2020, they release a new study called “Attend Less, Fear More: Elevated Distress to Social Threat in Toddlers With […]
  • Pandemic, lockdown and their impact in autistic people
    Someone asked me this week what I advise for the pandemic, since their child was getting more aggressive with the pandemic, and they didn’t knew exactly how to help them. In my experience there are several things that changed that bother me, and hope something of it might help. Just be aware that every autistic […]

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