Narrative practices and autism: Part 3: Scaffolding of practice towards identity, advocacy and communities of support — Courtney Olinger


This is the third article in a three-part series exploring narrative practices and autism. The concepts in these papers can be helpful for work with a wide presentation of neurodivergence. In this paper, identity constructions and ways to consider the role of diagnostic conceptualisations are a central focus. This is particularly relevant when considering advocacy and the development of communities of support. I hope to represent the re-authoring of autism that can occur with the deconstruction of limiting ideas around autism and the reconstruction of a preferred label.