Autism Movement: What the heck are they calling it now?

abameme_nocureformeyetneurodiversityThe Neurodiversity Movement.

Society, the final frontier. … These are the American Badass Advocates who boldly go where no neuro-atypical has gone before: social integration and neurodiversity acceptance.

What is Neurodiversity?

The short answer: People who think different aren’t disabled, rather their brains are a “normal” genetic variation.

“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 Robison, PsychologyToday.com . Author of “Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening” and “Look Me in the Eye.”

 

Wikipedia.org defined: “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.

There is a neurodiversity movement, which is an international civil rights movement that has the autism rights movement as its most influential submovement. This movement frames autism, bipolarity and other neurotypes as a natural human variation rather than a pathology or disorder, and its advocates reject the idea that neurological differences need to be (or can be) cured, as they believe them to be authentic forms of human diversity, self-expression, and being.

Neurodiversity advocates promote support systems (such as inclusion-focused services, accommodations, communication and assistive technologies, occupational training, and independent living support)[2] that allow those who are neurodivergent to live their lives as they are, rather than being coerced or forced to adopt uncritically accepted ideas of normality, or to conform to a clinical ideal.[3]”

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So basically this means …

… we want to be accepted and supported as we are rather than always trying to achieve a “normal” others have defined. This isn’t about a cure. It’s about a civil rights movement led by peers for their peers. Hence, peer-led initiatives for neurodiversity.

 

Eve Hinson, AmericanBadassAdvocates.org Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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