Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Steven K. Kapp
    Pages 1-19 Open Access
  3. Gaining Community

  4. Getting Heard

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Kathleen Seidel
      Pages 89-107 Open Access
    3. Karen Leneh Buckle
      Pages 109-122 Open Access
    4. Meg Evans
      Pages 123-132 Open Access
    5. Dora M. Raymaker
      Pages 133-145 Open Access
    6. Sharon daVanport
      Pages 147-154 Open Access
    7. Carol Greenburg, Shannon Des Roches Rosa
      Pages 155-166 Open Access
    8. Steven K. Kapp, Ari Ne’eman
      Pages 167-194 Open Access
    9. John Elder Robison
      Pages 221-232 Open Access
    10. Eric M. Garcia
      Pages 233-241 Open Access
  5. Entering the Establishment?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Dinah Murray
      Pages 277-285 Open Access
    3. Ginny Russell
      Pages 287-303 Open Access
    4. Steven K. Kapp
      Pages 305-318 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 319-330

About this book


This open access book marks the first historical overview of the autism rights branch of the neurodiversity movement, describing the activities and rationales of key leaders in their own words since it organized into a unique community in 1992. Sandwiched by editorial chapters that include critical analysis, the book contains 19 chapters by 21 authors about the forming of the autistic community and neurodiversity movement, progress in their influence on the broader autism community and field, and their possible threshold of the advocacy establishment. The actions covered are legendary in the autistic community, including manifestos such as “Don’t Mourn for Us”, mailing lists, websites or webpages, conferences, issue campaigns, academic project and journal, a book, and advisory roles. These actions have shifted the landscape toward viewing autism in social terms of human rights and identity to accept, rather than as a medical collection of deficits and symptoms to cure.


autism neuropsychological disorders atypical neurological development disability rights activism neurodiversity Neurocentricism Autism Network International Living on the Autistic Spectrum Autistic People Against Neuroleptic Abuse autistic people as a minority group neurodivergent Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven K. Kapp
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Social Sciences and International StudiesUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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