What is Neurodiversity?

To put in an overly formal way Neurodiversity is the belief that diverse neurological conditions appear as a result of normal variations in the human genome. Neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status.

The autism rights movement (ARM) is a social movement within the neurodiversity movement that encourages autistic people, their caregivers and society to adopt a position of neurodiversity, accepting autism as a variation in functioning rather than a mental disorder to be cured.

My neuro-profile is what makes me special. It also makes life difficult because I am more sensitive to my environment than most people.

Our differences are what makes us special. We should celebrate that our world needs all kinds of people in order for humanity to grow. Also we need to be more understanding of people’s needs.

Another great video by Amythest Schaber, host of  Ask an Autistic on YouTube and owner of the Neurowonderful blog shares her perspective on the subject.

See video HERE!

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16 thoughts on “What is Neurodiversity?”

  1. I wish that would be a real goal… But instead, the NT world is hoping that in five years a “cure” for autism will be available via a nasal spray of synthetic oxytocine, a birth contractions inducing hormone, to increase our socialisation. Now I do understand as a parent how difficult might be to see one’s autistic child lacking the social skills of a NT child, but may I ask why do we have to accept the NT socialising model as a desirable goal? Because it’s “typical”?
    I don’t want to be cured!!! I’m not sick! I am not abnormal! I am unique, as any individual should proudly be! I don’t want to socialise, I don’t need “friends”, I’m perfectly happy in my solitude, choosing MY interactions as I see them necessary and/or interesting.
    I don’need a hormone induced illusion of an arbitrarily imposed “normality”…

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  2. The oxytocin nasal spray is never going to do it anyway, because autism is a whole body condition–not a “disorder” based on the “lack” of some particular substance. I’m the lucky parent of a wonderful autistic woman, and I don’t think she needs to be fixed–in fact, I wish there were a lot more people like her out there. The world would be a much better place.

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    1. I am SO glad you see it this way! I literally just read a bunch of comments trashing a mother on the Mighty for saying that she thinks her kids and husband are perfect and Autism does not need curing. I honestly think that a “cure” for Autism could be the end of humanity. NT people don’t seem to understand how important we are to society. I have nightmares that it is going to be like the X-men. . . where society turns against us and wants us wiped out. That is what it feels like. If my mother knew I was going to be Autistic would she have aborted? Would I still be here? Just the fact that they are even working on a TEST to see if your kids MIGHT have Autism is horrifying. It feels like they want to wipe us off the face of the earth. (I really wanted to share my comments on Facebook but I can not do so Anonymously.) SO hard to contain my frustration as our Aspie parents argue. They do NOT speak for me. :-/
      https://www.facebook.com/AutismOnTheMighty/?fref=ts

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  3. I love this! Society has as a whole always had it out for any type of diversity, apparently we should all be exactly the same. Maybe that’s why cloning is so important? I’m truly scared that we’re in for a “Brave New World” type scenario ahead. Neurodiversity is important for it is our differences that make us such a wonderful and unique species.

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