Neurodiversity

5 Mar

Simply put by example: I feel that my kid shouldn’t have different rights or be afforded less respect just because of disability. Yes, my kid needs a lot of support. Yes, my kid is different. No, my kid shouldn’t have to trade rights away for that support. No, difference doesn’t mean less.

What does neurodiversity mean to me? It strikes me odd that I am often told what the term means, usually by people who have it completely wrong and who don’t want to listen. So, I thought, why not put it into words.

Note that like many terms, others may see neurodiversity differently than I do.

That all said, let’s start with the difference between “neurodiversity” and “the neurodiversity movement”.

Neurodiversity is the fact that we don’t all think the same. Different people have different neurologies, hence we have a diversity of neurologies.

A lot of people use “neurodiversity” in place of “the neurodiversity movement”. As in when I read “I don’t believe in neurodiversity”. Again, what neurodiversity is is a fact, one obvious to anyone in the autism communities. Or should be.

So, what is this neurodiversity movement, then? For me, it’s simple–the effort to advocate for equality and respect for people of various neurologies.

Simply put by example: I feel that my kid shouldn’t have different rights or be afforded less respect just because of disability. Yes, my kid needs a lot of support. Yes, my kid is different. No, my kid shouldn’t have to trade rights away for that support. No, difference doesn’t mean less.


By Matt Carey

One Response to “Neurodiversity”

  1. chavisory March 9, 2019 at 04:50 #

    There are people who conflate “neurodiversity” with “neurodiversity movement,” but I think there are also people being unintentionally accurate when they say they don’t believe in neurodiversity.

    Among the most deep and pervasive prejudices about disability is that it is fake. That people (real people, at least) all work the same, that our experiences of ourselves in the world are all the same, and that those of us who don’t conform are just lazy or faking it.

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