Neurodiversity: Some Basics About the Term, Rights Movement & Other Stuff


Lots of folks have been asking, since the launch of, what is Neurodiversity? That has put into perspective how niche the word is to the Autism community. Which makes sense, because the Autism Rights Movement launched the Neurodiversity Movement.

Those dang neuro-atypicals and neurodivergents influencing a movement for inclusion and acceptance. …

Some of you right now are going wait … WTF is a neurotypical? A neurodivergent? Wait wasn’t that a book-turned-movie … ? Civil rights movement?

Oh goodness. There’s so much to learn … (and much has happened in the last five years that I need to catch up with — so let’s learn together OK? <3)

Here to help. Amythest Schaber, Ask An Autistic Youtuber, goes into an incredible and easy-to-understand explanation of the whole shebang. So watch and read below for some terminology and definitions that might help as well.


Also … Some verbiage, terms, slang and stuff heard in the Neurodiversity community.

>> Neurodiversity

“Neurodiversity is an approach to learning and disability that suggests that diverse neurological conditions appear as a result of normalvariations in the human genome.[1] This neologism originated in the late 1990s as a challenge to prevailing views of neurological diversity as inherently pathological, instead asserting that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status.”  – Wikipedia Entry


“To me, neurodiversity is the idea that neurological differences like autism and ADHD are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome.  This represents new and fundamentally different way of looking at conditions that were traditionally pathologized; it’s a viewpoint that is not universally accepted though it is increasingly supported by science.  That science suggests conditions like autism have a stable prevalence in human society as far back as we can measure.  We are realizing that autism, ADHD, and other conditions emerge through a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental interaction; they are not the result of disease or injury.  ”  – John Elder RobisonMy Life With Asperger’s


“The adjective ‘neurodiverse’ is used the same way one would use a phrase like ‘ethnically diverse’. As such, individuals should not be described as ‘neurodiverse.’ An individual is either neurotypical or a member of a neurominority.” –


Neurodiversity, short for neurological diversity, refers to the diversity of human brains and minds, and to the idea that this is a natural, valuable form of diversity.” –

>> Neuroatypical

Neuroatypical refers to people whose neurological structure or function doesn’t fit what the medical community defines as “normal”.

Neuroatypical people could be on the Autism Spectrum, on the schizophrenia spectrum, have bipolar disorder, have ADHD, or other non-neurotypical conditions. –


>> Neurotypicals

“A person is neurotypical (NT) if the way her brain works is basically the same as the majority of people around her, or is regarded as more or less “normal” by the standards of the society she lives in.” –

>> Neurodivergent

Neurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of ‘normal.'”NeuroCosmopolitanism

>> Neurodiversity Movement

“The Neurodiversity Movement is a social justice movement that seeks civil rights, equality, respect, and full societal inclusion for the neurodivergent.” – NeuroCosmopolitanism


The Neurodiversity community can include people living with Bipolar, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress, Functional Neurological Disorder, Schizophrenia, and … making more sense now?



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