Computers can be an ideal environment for promoting communication, sociabilility, creativity, and playfulness even for deeply monotropic individuals, who may not speak!

- new AutreachIT 10 year vision (external link)
Autism and computing YouTube playlist by Dinah Murray
Posautive YouTube group - positive autism videos - download banner by Dinah Murray
Why ICT (PDF) by Dinah Murray
ReacTickles 2 (formerly Reactive Colours) is available from TAGLearning
Autism & Computing - Getting IT re Mental Capacity Act
CNN interview with Amanda Baggs through voice synthesizer 1 2 3 4 & her video
Language is More than Speech:A Case Study (PDF) by Morton Ann Gernsbacher
Inclusion through technology for autistic children by Dinah Murray & Wendy Lawson
Reactive Colours: Computation and Playful Engagement by Wendy Keay-Bright
Why Reactive Colours works by Sebastian Dern
Finding and maintaining a niche (PDF version here) Tampere talk by Dinah Murray
Creating social space for autism (PDF version here) Autscape talk by Dinah Murray
Autism and Computing by Dinah Murray and Mike Lesser
An Autistic Friendship by Dinah Murray
The Battles of the Autistic Thinker by Marc Segar
A Survival Guide for People with Asperger's Syndrome by Marc Segar
Open letter: Maximising Capacity by Dinah Murray and Mike Lesser
Maximising Capacity and Valuing People by Dinah Murray and Mike Lesser
Potions, Pills and Community Care by Dinah Murray
External links


The Autistic Condition
The autistic condition is puzzling, and not well understood. We think the first step towards understanding it is to see that it is not an illness, but a way of being. We think people like this are part of the normal variety of humans and that variety is a good thing. We outline here some different ways people can vary in terms of how they use attention, and explain the impact of that on life in society.

- new The Passionate Mind - How People with Autism Learn by Wendy Lawson
- new Single Attention and Associated Cognition in Autism (SAACA) (PDF) - PhD thesis by Wendy Lawson
Autistic intelligence, autistic perception and autistic patterns of thought that we all share in different degrees an update by Sebastian Dern
Am I Normal? (28min, mp3, December 5th 2006) on BBC Radio 4
One that got away by Dinah Murray
Impact of a Dysfunctional World by Dinah Murray
Culture and Ignorance by Dinah Murray
Learning Styles and ASD by Wendy Lawson
Therapy and justice (PDF version here) Cardiff talk updated August 2006 by Dinah Murray
Monotropism Hypothesis by Dinah Murray, Mike Lesser and Wendy Lawson
Attention, Monotropism and the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism (PDF) by Dinah Murray, Mike Lesser, Wendy Lawson (published in Autism, Vol. 9, No. 2, May 2005)
UCL, Linguistics, and Autism by Dinah Murray
Wrong Planet Syndrome by Dinah Murray
Normal and Otherwise by Dinah Murray
Separate realities by Andrew Walker
What is the point of Autism? by Andrew Walker


Mind as an Interest System
This is not a model of autism it is a theory about human beings in which autism has a natural role as contributing to essential diversity. The interest model of mind is a new way (graphic, mathematical) of conceiving of people as transient collections of desires/directed energies affecting and being affected by perception, imagination, cognition and action. We think it makes psychological data (people) easier to analyse.

Fergus Murray's academic blog
Net of Indra 4 - an interactive animation of mind by Mike Lesser and Fergus Murray
A Model of the Interest System by Mike Lesser and Dinah Murray
Mind as a Dynamical System: Implications for Autism by Mike Lesser and Dinah Murray
Language and Interests (PDF) - PhD thesis by Dinah Murray


Essential Diversity
These two papers are fundamental in setting out exactly how and why evolution occurs at all: Evolution will select for populations which retain "variability," even though this is, at any given time, loss-making, predicting that we shall not observe populations with "optimal behaviour" but populations which can "learn".

Allen and McGlade, "Evolutionary Drive: The Effect of Microscopic Diversity, Error Making & Noise", Foundation of Physics, vol 17, No 7, July 1987, pp 723-728
Allen P M, Strathern M, Baldwin J S, "Evolutionary drive: New understanding of change in socio-economic systems" in Emergence Complexity & Organization, Vol 8 No 2, July 2006, ISSN: 1521-3250. See this pre-published version: Evolutionary Drive - New Understandings of Change in Socio-Economic Systems (PDF)

Eugenics (external link) by Wendy Lawson
Discussion paper on eugenics and diversity
by Dinah Murray
Neural Diversity
by Morton Ann Gernsbacher


About Autism and Computing
Read about Autism and Computing, why Autism and Computing and our collection of external links. Read about us in The Observer and in The Times. See the German site.

Books with or by Dinah Murray and Wendy Lawson