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Encyclopedia > Aspies For Freedom
Infinity logo as a positive representation of autism
Infinity logo as a positive representation of autism
Autism rights movement
Issues
Ethical challenges to treatment
Controversies about labels
Organizations
Aspies For Freedom
Autism Network International
Philosophy
Neurodiversity · Neurotypical
People
Michelle Dawson · Jim Sinclair
Judy Singer

Aspies For Freedom is a group which is at the forefront of the autism rights movement. The term "Aspies" refers to high-functioning autistics, or those with Asperger's Syndrome. ImageMetadata File history File links Infinity. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Infinity. ... The autism rights movement was started by adult autistic individuals in order to advocate and demand tolerance for what they refer to as their neurodiversity. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Infinity. ... Ethical challenges to autism treatment have been made by people who feel that autism therapies intended to be helpful are actually harmful to autistic people. ... There are many controversies about functioning labels in the autism spectrum. ... Autism Network International (ANI) is an advocacy organization run by and for autistic people. ... Neurodiversity is a concept that atypical (neurodivergent) neurological wiring is a normal human difference that is to be tolerated and respected as any other human difference. ... Neurotypical (or NT) is a term used to describe a person whose neurological development and state are typical, conforming to what most people would perceive as normal. ... Michelle Dawson is an autistic, autism researcher and autism rights activist who is most well known for writing a paper challenging the ethical and scientific foundations of Applied Behavioral Analysis(ABA)-based autism interventions and challenging ABA in the Supreme Court of Canada. ... Jim Sinclair is an autism rights activist who is prominent in Autism Network International. ... Judy Singer is an Australian disability rights activist, thinker and writer, specialising in the sociology of the autistic spectrum and Aspergers Syndrome. ... The autism rights movement was started by adult autistic individuals in order to advocate and demand tolerance for what they refer to as their neurodiversity. ... Asperger described his patients as little professors. Aspergers syndrome (AS, or the more common shorthand Aspergers), is characterized as one of the five pervasive developmental disorders, and is commonly referred to as a form of high functioning autism. ...

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Aims

The aim of Aspies For Freedom is to educate the public that autism is not always a disability, and that there are advantages as well as disadvantages. For this purpose, the group organizes an annual Autistic Pride Day [1]. The group also campaigns against abusive forms of therapy, and against the idea of a cure for autism. The AFF hopes to have austic people recognised as a minority status group. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Symbol of Autistic Pride Day Autistic Pride Day was celebrated on June 18, 2005 and is intended to become an annual event. ... Cure Autism Now or CAN is an organization dedicated to finding a possible cure for autism and funds a lot of research (such as genetic research) to this end. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with autistic culture. ...

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History

Established in 2004 by Amy and Gareth Nelson, AFF soon received supportive letters from such autism experts as Simon Baron-Cohen, Tony Attwood and Donna Williams, as well as press from publications such as New Scientist magazine [2]. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Autism is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests itself in markedly abnormal social interaction, communication ability, patterns of interests, and patterns of behavior. ... Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD, is a renowned British psychologist and director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. ... Tony Attwood (born 1952 in Birmingham, United Kingdom) is the author of several books on Aspergers Syndrome. ... Donna Williams (born 1963) is a best-selling Australian-born author, artist, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and sculptor diagnosed with autism after a childhood in which she was initially tested multiple times for deafness and later labelled disturbed before treatment for gut, immune and sensory perceptual disorders in adulthood. ... New Scientist is a weekly international science magazine covering recent developments in science and technology for a general English-speaking audience. ...


The protest against National Alliance for Autism Research, by then-AFF member Joe Mele, was the first anti-cure protest by an autistic person. The protest received international media coverage[3][4]. Seen as a pivotal moment in the history of the autistic community, Mele's protest was followed shortly by a protest against NBC's Autism Speaks campaign. A protest against Cure Autism Now in 2005, and the current protest against the Judge Rotenberg Center for its use of electric shocks on autistic children [5]. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with autistic culture. ... NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Cure Autism Now, or CAN, is a national organization dedicated to finding a cure for autism by funding research, such as genetic research. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Aspies For Freedom has an ongoing aim to have members of the autistic community recognised as a minority status group. This started in November 2004 after discussion and debate with members, after which a statement was released called 'Declaration of the autism community'[6]. This detailed reasons for seeking such official recognition from the United Nations and the work continues towards achieving this. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with autistic culture. ... November 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: November 2004 in sports November 2004 in science Events Deaths in November • 30 Pierre Berton • 29 John Drew Barrymore • 26 Bill Alley • 24 Arthur Hailey • 23 Rafael Eitan • 18 Bobby Frank Cherry • 16 John... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The usage of the infinity symbol as a representation of autism, started by Aspies For Freedom in June 2004, was a reaction to the negative connotations associated with the jigsaw symbol commonly used by parents to represent autism. The jigsaw symbol was seen by much of the autistic community as an insulting reference to the fact that autistics can appear puzzling, in need of "fitting in" with society, or as having "a bit missing". It was felt that the infinity symbol better represents autistics by representing logic, persistence, perseveration, and unity of form. The infinity symbol ∞ in several typefaces The word infinity comes from the Latin infinitas or unboundedness. ... Autism is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests itself in markedly abnormal social interaction, communication ability, patterns of interests, and patterns of behavior. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: June 2004 in sports Deaths in June • 28 Anthony Buckeridge • 26 Naomi Shemer • 26 Yash Johar • 22 Bob Bemer • 22 Thomas Gold • 22 Francisco Ortiz Franco • 16 Thanom Kittikachorn • 10 Ray Charles • 5 Ronald Reagan... Logic, from Classical Greek λόγος (logos), originally meaning the word, or what is spoken, (but coming to mean thought or reason) is most often said to be the study of criteria for the evaluation of arguments, although the exact definition of logic is a matter of controversy among philosophers. ...

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Resources

The website of Aspies For Freedom contains other resources for autistic people more oriented towards personal experiences of an autistic, including: message forums, video programming, and a MediaWiki-based encyclopedia. The group also runs an IRC chat network for autistic people on chatautism.com, which it claims to be the first network for that purpose [7]. Online chatting is sometimes seen as essential to some with autism as a main source of social communication, as it is often easier for those with autism to communicate via the Internet. [citation needed] Offline branches of Aspies For Freedom include groups in Australia and Wales for those who wish to meet in real life. MediaWiki is a wiki software package licensed under the GNU General Public License. ... Brockhaus Konversations-Lexikon, 1902 An encyclopedia, encyclopaedia or (traditionally) encyclopædia,[1] is a comprehensive written compendium that contains information on all branches of knowledge or a particular branch of knowledge. ... IRC redirects here. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Motto: (Welsh for Wales for ever) Anthem: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff Official language(s) English, Welsh Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056  Area    - Total 20,779 km² (3rd...

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See also

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This is a list of autism-related topics. ... It has been suggested that autistic community be merged into this article or section. ... Autistic pride is about shifting ones outlook from a scientific, reductionistic, pathologizing orientation to one that sees the innate potential in all human phenotypic expressions and celebrating the diversity various neurological types express. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Asperger syndrome — also referred to as Aspergers syndrome, Aspergers, or just AS — is one of five neurobiological pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) that is characterized by deficiencies in social and communication skills. ... Hans Asperger (February 18, 1906 – October 21, 1980) was the Austrian pediatrician after whom Aspergers Syndrome is named. ...

Footnotes

  1.   Judge Rotenberg Center. Retrieved on July 30, 2005.
  2.   Autistic Licence. Retrieved on 31 December 2005.
  3.   Explanation of first anti-cure protest at AFF. Retrieved on September 4, 2005.
  4.   Harmon, Amy. "How About Not 'Curing' Us, Some Autistics Are Pleading", New York Times, 20 December 2004.
  5.   chatautism.com. Retrieved on July 30, 2005.
  6.   Trivedi, Bijal. "Autistic and proud of it", New Scientist, 18 June 2005.
  7.   Status as a minority group. Retrieved on September 9, 2005.
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External links

  • Aspies For Freedom
  • Autistic Pride Day, an AFF event organized in the spirit of Gay Pride Day
  • Proposal for Aspies For Forgiveness campaign, an opposing point of view, advocating tolerance over separatism

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Aspies For Freedom at AllExperts (579 words)
Aspies For Freedom is a group which is at the forefront of the autism rights movement.
The aim of Aspies For Freedom is to educate the public that autism is not always a disability, and that there are advantages as well as disadvantages.
The usage of the infinity symbol as a representation of autism, started by Aspies For Freedom in June 2004, was a reaction to the negative connotations associated with the jigsaw symbol commonly used by parents to represent autism.
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