Honoring Kassiane of Radical Neurodivergence Speaking #PACLAOWies

Parenting Autistic Children With Love & Acceptance is excited to reveal the second OWie Award in April!  

Awarded to Autistic Activists who are changing the conversations and shifting the Overton Window toward acceptance!

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Image: blue/green certificate with green filigree frame.  Top left is stamp of PACLA icon.  Bottom of image is watermarked with an arrow shooting through an open window.   Green text in multiple fonts reads: Honoring Kassiane of Radical Neurodivergence Speaking in appreciation of your radical activism & shifting the Overton Window toward Autism Acceptance & the Neurodiversity Paradigm.  Thank You!       Parenting Autistic Children With Love & Acceptance

Congratulations to Kassiane of Radical Neurodivergence Speaking!

Yes, Kassiane is a huge part of the PACLA team….and even though we at PACLA  are incredibly biased, we also know that she is so deserving of this award!  And we are not the only ones who think so.   An OVERWHELMING amount of votes (over half!) nominated Kassiane,  and as one of her nominators who wished to remain anonymous said:

Kassiane doesn’t just shift the window, they blast it open.


Kassiane was nominated by so many who acknowledge the enormous debt those of us in the autistic rights and neurodiversity movements owe to her fierce and uncompromising activism.  


Kassiane is the very definition of an Overton Window shifter. She says the things that need to be said whether people like it or not and she doesn’t water it down for anyone. She unapologetically yanks that window forward and won’t budge an inch! There are many great activists doing amazing things to make change in various ways, but as far as shifting the Overton Window, I think Kassiane pulls that window the farthest!   -Lana Thomas


She is fearless and ferocious about speaking the truth. – anonymous


For her invention of the term “neurodivergent”, her blog “Radical Neurodivergence Speaking” and for being one of the original Overton Window movers in the autism advocacy movement.      – Elizabeth Rosenzweig


Thank you, Kassiane!  We appreciate you and all of the work you do to make a better, safer and more accepting world for Autistic people!   



Who are the people in our community who are speaking out about injustice and ableism? Who are the people in our community who are shifting perceptions and changing the conversation about autism? Those who are perhaps seen as too “radical”, but the same ones who are planting the seeds for huge paradigm shifts?

This is the often unappreciated work of activists that goes unnoticed. But it is so incredibly important! PACLA wants to recognize the people in our community who are doing the hard work of creating a better future, a better world for autistic people.

We want to acknowledge these Overton Window shifters as we come into April. Let’s celebrate autism acceptance and those who are building a better world for all of us.

Who would you nominate as an Overton Window Shifter?

Let us know by filing out this nomination form here.

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PACLA is an Autistic friendly space dedicated to guiding parents toward respectful supports and accommodations for their Autistic children through the concepts of gentle parenting and a belief in the value of neurodiversity.

Posted on April 8, 2016, in Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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