Discover the Neurodiversity Movement at the Albany Village Library

Coming to Albany Village Library: Display project and presentation by Autistic members of the neurodiversity movement

Display project

13-21 July 2022.

This project introduces the general public to Autistic culture – from the Autistic perspective- in non-pathologizing language.

Presentation and Q&A

There is a wealth of information and you will receive plenty of brain teasers. Come and read fresh Autistic autobiographical narratives from Aotearoa.

Come in, and read quotes from Autistic authors and Autistic advocates, some of them non-speaking, touching on different themes, as well as a list of common myths about Autistic people, information on “How to be an Ally”, information about the neurodiversity movement and Autistic activism in Aotearoa and internationally, and a timeline of lived Autistic experiences over the last 250 years.


  1. The neurodiversity paradigm
    • What is neurodiversity
    • Depathologising
    • Rehumanising
    • Definitions
  2. The Autistic rights and neurodiversity movements
    • Hypernormality vs hypersensitivity
    • Nothing about us without us
    • Don’t mourn for us
    • The Autism Industrial Complex
  3. Autistic culture
    • Appreciation of diversity
    • Appreciation of individual communication preferences
    • Unmasking, direct communication
    • Shared language and social norms
    • Autistic relationships
    • Autistic communities
    • Peer support
    • Autistic organisations
  4. Interactive Q & A

This display project is an Autistic collaboration between the Autistic communities in Aotearoa and Turkey. Ülkü Mazlum has created amazing cartoons for the posters.

The display was well received in the following libraries across Auckland region: Waiheke Island, Whangaparāoa, and Point Chevalier. After Manurewa, the display will be hosted by Albany Village library in July.

Sarah Bettin

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