Laura F. McConnell

Writer, speaker, teacher and Neurodiversity advocate

United Kingdom

Why the DfE discipline drive is discrimination

Teachers and parents across England have been gripped this week by the discourse over behaviour in schools, particularly education secretary Gavin Williamson's comments about the decline of behaviour standards post-pandemic, silent corridor policies and dialogue around the government's new £10 million Behaviour Hubs.

5 simple ways to promote autism acceptance in school

The first-ever autism-awareness campaign started in the early 1970s. Now, 50 years later, most people have heard of autism, they are aware of it, but autistic advocates are becoming increasingly sceptical of awareness events. We do not want autism awareness any more - we want autism acceptance.

'We need an autism and learning disability champion'

The Our Voice Our Rights campaign was launched on 27 January and, if ultimately successful, would make Scotland the first country in the world to appoint a commissioner for autism and learning disability. The campaign is led by a leadership team of autistic people and people with a learning disability in coalition with Scottish Autism, the National Autistic Society Scotland and Enable Scotland.