Jim Sinclair

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Jim Sinclair
Date of birth October 1940
Place of birth Lamesa, Texas
Nationality American
Pronouns unknown
Gender identity neuter
Occupation activist

Jim Sinclair is an autism rights activist who, with fellow autistics Kathy Lissner Grant and Donna Williams, formed Autism Network International (ANI) in 1992.[1]

In 1993 Sinclair wrote the essay, "Don't Mourn for Us", articulating an anti-cure perspective on autism.[2] The essay has been thought of as a touchstone for the fledgling autism-rights movement, and has been mentioned in The New York Times[3] and New York Magazine.[4]

Sinclair established and ran Autreat, the first independent autistic-run gathering,[5] for fifteen years after attending conferences that mainly included parents of autistic children and professionals. They and other autistic adults described these conferences as isolating and dehumanizing. Autreat explicitly prioritizes autistic needs, with programs like an "Ask a Neurotypical" panel.[6]

Jim is also intersex and was subjected as a child to conversion therapy in attempts to make them conform to their assigned gender. In 1997 Jim wrote that they were "proudly neuter, both physically and socially."[7]

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  1. Shapiro, Joseph (26 June 2006). "Autism Movement Seeks Acceptance, Not Cures". NPR. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  2. Sinclair, Jim (1993). "Don't mourn for us". Autreat. Retrieved 2014-08-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Harmon, Amy (2004-12-20). "How About Not 'Curing' Us, Some Autistics Are Pleading". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Solomon, Andrew (2008-05-25). "The Autism Rights Movement". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2008-06-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. Ne'eman, Ari. "The Neurodiversity Movement." Disability: A Reference Handbook, by Michael Rembis, ABC-CLIO, 2019, pp. 99-104. Contemporary World Issues. Gale eBooks, https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/CX7901900016/GVRL?u=sain79627&sid=GVRL&xid=186bb814.
  6. Pripas-Kapit, Sarah (2020), Kapp, Steven K. (ed.), "Historicizing Jim Sinclair's "Don't Mourn for Us": A Cultural and Intellectual History of Neurodiversity's First Manifesto", Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement: Stories from the Frontline, Springer, pp. 23–39, doi:10.1007/978-981-13-8437-0_2, ISBN 978-981-13-8437-0, retrieved 2020-02-04
  7. Sinclair, Jim (1997). "Self-introduction to the Intersex Society of North America". Archived from the original on 7 February 2009.
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