Neurodiversity-affirming Language: A Letter to Your Family, Friends and Support Network

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Written by Emma Marsh and Melanie Heyworth

Neurodiversity-affirming language: A letter to your family, friends and support network

Following on from the downloadable letter we created to help your child’s support network adopt neurodiversity-affirming language, our lovely Facebook community reached out to us requesting a similar letter that Autistic adults could share with their family, friends, work colleagues and broader support network inviting them to adopt respectful language that validates Autistic identity.

The team at Reframing Autism thought this was a terrific idea – so here it is!

Simply click the ’Download’ button to download the full pdf and print or email it to the people in your life who need to hear it.


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The Reframing Autism team would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we have the privilege to learn, work, and grow. Whilst we gather on many different parts of this Country, the RA team walk on the land of the Amangu, Awabakal, Bindjareb, Birpai, Whadjak, Wiradjuri and Yugambeh peoples.

We are committed to honouring the rich culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this Country, and the diversity and learning opportunities with which they provide us. We extend our gratitude and respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to all Elders past and present, for their wisdom, their resilience, and for helping this Country to heal.

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