What Is Pathological Demand Avoidance?

PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) is widely recognised as a profile on the autism spectrum. PDA individuals share characteristics with others on the spectrum but also have a distinct cluster of additional traits which focus around the avoidance of everyday demands and the use of ‘social’ strategies as part of this avoidance.

Whilst autism is a well-recognised term, our understanding of the full breadth and complexity of the autism spectrum is still evolving. Autism is dimensional, it involves a complex and overlapping pattern of strengths, differences and challenges that present differently from one individual to another; and in the same individual, over time or in different environments. A cluster of traits can be called a presentation or a profile – in some cases this can be quite different from what some people think autism ‘looks like’.

Recognising these profiles signposts the approaches or support that will be most helpful for each individual. The approach required for PDA individuals can differ greatly from the approach that may be taken with other autistic profiles, and so it is beneficial for families, educators, social workers and practitioners to be able to recognise and understand the nuances of PDA.

What We Do

Positive PDA is the life force of two neurodivergent women with very different personal experiences of Pathological Demand Avoidance. We share a passion of helping others with PDA in their lives, and are committed to raising awareness and highlighting the specific needs of PDAers within the autism spectrum; creating a library of resources that answer questions and provide real life solutions; providing a platform for discussion around PDA to complement existing PDA groups and charities.

Our aim is to open a global dialogue between professionals working with PDA profile autism, researchers, and families and individuals who live with PDA. We do this by running conferences, providing online summits and organising events to bring together experts who support this specific profile and provide information and resources.

As we grow we so will our directory of groups, communities and professionals, providing an ever expanding global network to positively impact PDA resources world wide. 

We aim to be fully inclusive, we are passionate about providing ease of access to resources to those who may not always find this so easy. Whether this is due to disability, geographical, political or socio-economic restrictions, we want to at least attempt to remove some of the barriers you may face when seeking information and access to professionals and resources. Through our events, we work to ensure that all communities, from all backgrounds, regardless of location or financial situation, have access to valuable and productive resources to enhances the lives of those living with PDA. 

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PAST EVENTS

Corrina – Detective

POSITIVE PDA presents… CORRINA WOODS PDA : Learning How To Become a Detective Corrina Wood is an Independent Disability Consultant and Trainer. She has worked

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Siblings with Corrina

POSITIVE PDA presents… CORRINA WOODS PDA & Siblings: Nurturing Beneficial Relationships Corrina Wood is an Independent Disability Consultant and Trainer. She has worked extensively with

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VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2021

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