Autism Is Not A Disease

Autism Is Not A Disease:The Politics of Neurodiversity

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How to build a fairer, more neuro-inclusive society

Neurodiversity is one of the most urgent political issues of our time. As the number of diagnoses of autism, ADHD, and other types of neurodivergence rises, we are starting to understand that there is no such thing as a 'normal' brain. But society is still organised around neuronormativity, and autism is treated as a disease.

Jodie Hare, diagnosed with autism at twenty-three, argues it is time to redefine the politics of who we are. She calls for the recognition of diversity as part of natural variation, rather than a departure from sameness. This will have an impact on the places where we learn, work, and socialise - and Hare shows how these can be adapted to be more inclusive and accessible. She shows how we might commit to building a world where we can all thrive, one that works to combat discrimination based on race, class, gender, and disability.


  • A fascinating exploration of the politics of neurodiversity. Hare has delivered a persuasive and inspiring manifesto that calls on us all to rethink what it really means to be 'normal'.

    Grace Blakeley, author of Vulture Capitalism
  • A formidable contribution to neurodiversity movement. Sharp, accessible and unflinchingly radical, this book is perfect for those who are looking for a political introduction to neurodiversity. It also makes a unique contribution to the conversation in its own right. Thoroughly cited, Hare makes links between a wide range of revolutionary thinkers and movements to politicise an issue that is being increasingly co-opted under neoliberal capitalism. It is the perfect book to meet this political moment, and helps us see that neurodiversity is connected to all of our liberation struggles.

    Micah Frazer-Carroll, author of Mad World