Jim Sinclair (activist)
|Autism rights movement|
Jim Sinclair is an autism rights activist who, together with fellow autistics Kathy Lissner Grant and Donna Williams, formed Autism Network International (ANI) in 1992. Being the only one of the three with an internet connection, Sinclair became the original coordinator of ANI.
Early life and education
Sinclair wrote "Don't Mourn for Us", an essay with an anti-cure perspective on autism. Don't Mourn for Us serves as a touchstone for a fledgling movement. This essay has been mentioned in the New York Times and New York Magazine. Sinclair was featured in the book Somebody Somewhere by Donna Williams, which covers the formation of ANI.
In the mid-1990s, autism conferences rarely featured autistic public speakers and even more rarely paid them for their work; Sinclair was among the first international public advocates in the autism field.
- Harmon, Amy (December 20, 2004). "How About Not 'Curing' Us, Some Autistics Are Pleading". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
- Sinclair, Jim (1993). "Don't mourn for us". The Edmonds Institute. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
- Solomon, Andrew (2008-05-25). "The Autism Rights Movement". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
- Sinclair, Jim (1997). Self-introduction to the Intersex Society of North America. Jim Sinclair's personal website. Retrieved on 2011-06-28
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