Lyric Rivera, an Autistic self-advocate from Texas, runs the the internationally recognized neurodiversity lifestyle blog Neurodivergent Rebel.
Neurodivergent Rebel was opened in 2016, as a way to introduce people unfamiliar with autism to neurodiversity. The blog, which is sometimes released in written format and also via YouTube video, explores the ideology of neurodiversity and the creative expressions of autistic people. Riveras’ blog pushes for acceptance of neurological differences and respect for the autonomy of neurodivergent people.
Lyric is also known as the pioneer of the #AskingAutistics hashtag, which is often accompanied by a short question about everyday autistic experiences. This simple hashtag connects neurodiverse people who would not otherwise have a reason to engage with each other to foster understanding of the autistic experience.
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7 thoughts on “An Autistic Reaction to the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism – Problems With Medical Terminology”
Cool to hear what you sound like. INspired me to consider making a video. Haven’t done one of those yet.
Look forward to seeing it – please do share!
Yes, more of this please. 😊 I totally agree with you that these manuals of ‘disorder’ and ‘disease’ unnecessarily pathologise variance, and stigmatise a lot of people. Glad you’re able to see all your wonderful neurodiversity in a positive light! (The same kind of thing goes for gender variance: even though being trans has just been moved out of the WHO manual’s mental health section, it’s still in their manual of ‘diseases’ (ICD-11), and the diagnostic descriptions don’t exactly make for pleasant reading.)
Hi – I love your blog. I’m not autistic and don’t even know any autistic people except for a few relatives that I’m sure are on the spectrum (I have my own observations about Ashkenazi Jewish men), but anyway… your blog has opened my eyes in so many ways and I want to thank you for that.
I ran across this video and wanted to share it with you: https://www.facebook.com/BBCStories/videos/10155710057480659/
I think what I am learning from your blog is stated beautifully in this video. It’s all about being willing to meet people on their terms, isn’t it?
With warmest regards, Nancy
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Thank you Nancy, don’t be a stranger! Glad our paths have crossed. Be well.
Great video as always hun! Love it! <3