Critiques of the Neurodiversity Movement

  title={Critiques of the Neurodiversity Movement},
  author={Ginny Russell},
  journal={Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement},
  • G. Russell
  • Published 1 March 2020
  • History
  • Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement
The accounts in this collection have ranged from setting up organizations to personal advocacy for change. So far, though, the book is missing a critique of the movement, so here, Ginny Russell writes to address that balance by outlining some prominent critiques, and the ways these critiques have been underwritten or addressed in this volume. 

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