Our Values

Our Values

Everyone, Autistic and non-Autistic, is most welcome here to engage, learn, and connect with kindness and respect. We do not tolerate hate speech, misinformation, or any comments and contributions that could harm Autistic/Neurodivergent/Disabled people or violate our dignity. See our Comment and Contribution Guidelines for more information.

We use identity-affirming language.

Language matters. Studies have shown that person-first language (short: PFL, ‘person with autism’), despite its good intentions, is detrimental to Autistic/Disabled people and rejected by the majority of the community. This is why we use identity-first language (short: IFL, ‘Autistic person’). 

We try to avoid deficit-based, pathologising language, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome, high- and low-functioning, mild and severe autism, higher and lower end of the spectrum, social communication deficits, restrictive interests, affected by autism, suffering from autism, at risk of developing autism, symptoms of autism, autism epidemic, comorbid disorders, ASD child, autism mom/dad/parent, etc.

A lot of us find it disheartening to be exposed to this kind of language every day. Unfortunately, given its prevalence, some of the materials and sources referenced on the blog might still include this kind of terminology. 

We do not wish to prescribe how individuals identify and refer to themselves in blog posts and comments, but we encourage the use of more identity-affirming language.

See our Resources for more information. 

We embrace the neurodiversity model.

Neurodiversity is like biodiversity, but for brains. Autistic neurology is not ‘less than’. We do not have disordered or defective ‘normal brains’. Diversity and variation are a vital part of the human experience.

We favour the social model of disability.

We are aware of the criticisms against different types of the social model and don’t think a binary view of disability vs impairment is beneficial. However, it is true that a lot of us have been disabled by inadequate systems, societal structures, attitudes, and the lack of supports, services and accommodations in all areas of life. This does not mean we deny or dismiss individual impairments and lived experience. It means we advocate for  accessibility and inclusion. 

We work to create an inclusive space.

This is an Autistic-led space for all Autistic adults – speaking or non-speaking, with or without formal diagnosis – who reside in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

We particularly wish to encourage contributions by Autistics who are

  • non-speaking 
  • members of other neurodiversity and disability communities
  • part of the Irish Traveller/Minceir community
  • Autistics with chronic illnesses
  • older Autistics
  • members of ethnic minorities or other marginalised groups

Whether you just want to explore, connect with the community, or contribute a post, this is a space for all of us. You are very welcome here. We are glad that you have arrived.  

Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions regarding our page.