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We are all NeuroUnique and on the HumanSpectrum!
Yes, we are!
The term neurodiversity was coined by sociologist Judy Singer, who is autistic, in the late 1990s in an attempt to break away from the stigma that autism held at the time.
However, the world is at war about Neurodiversity labels. They fight about the meaning of the terminology and if it is fitting or not. They fight about what may or may not be the causes off. They fight about who is guilty of creating the causes. The fight about who knows better than who about it all. They even fight about the word Neurodiversity, which is also a movement of sorts, but firstly a word that uniquely describes different neurological diverse conditions.
It also seems that only people with book knowledge (in other words; degreed with pedigrees kinda people) have the power to decide what it is or what it is not and how to treat or not to treat those whose brains are differently wired, who are bright and quirky and who really innovate and creates in away typicals can only dream off.
One would think that the person living with it daily would know and understand more, but we are at peace here. While they fight out there, we decided to focus on the positives of it all and move on. Let them go round and round in circles with mostly fluff-science, no real evidence-based. Just a circle of more circles of maybe’s or perhaps circles and most likely’s circles. As I said, fluff-science! While they play ring-around-the-rosies with this and that theory, we move forward living the best life we can by being SimplyUs.
It is also fast becoming a religion of sorts that contains toxic tribalism. Thus be awake and alert, but you can not through the baby out with the bathwater, just through the water out.
But then, what is Neurodiversity?
Neurodiversity includes autistic and allistic people. Autistic people are those who are diagnosed or self-identified to have autism. Allistic people are those who are not autistic whether they are typical or atypical. Autistics are not typical, thus they are for sure NeuroDiverse and can be 2e.
Neurotypical refers to people who experience cognitively, socially and emotionally neurologically typical development. About 80% of all people are neurotypicals. These people are in the “middle” of the bell curve.
The other 20% of people who are neurodivergent have brain-based differences such as ASD, ADHD, and Dyslexia and do experience cognitively, socially and emotionally development differences on so many levels.
Only about 1% of neurodivergent people are Twice exceptional (2e)! Twice exceptional (2e) people are, by their very nature, not neurotypical and are outside-the-box learners. Twice exceptional (2e) people are neurodivergent, thus, they are Neurodiverse and could be autistic or allistic.
We all are humans and we all are unique! Having brain-based differences brings challenges and gifts. It is okay to be different!
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