What Is Neurodiversity?

autism activismVia Technoccult:

Klint Finley: Could you give us a brief overview of what “neurodiversity” means, or at least what it means to you?

Kassiane: Neurodiversity, the word, simply means the whole variety of different brain wirings people have…from the different kinds of normal to the different kinds of not so normal. Then there’s Neurodiversity, the movement which is the shocking idea that people with non standard wiring are human and deserve to be treated as such without being “fixed” first. […]

Is there a point at which a line is drawn between “neurodiverse” and disabled?

The 2 aren’t mutually exclusive. You can be different and disabled, but being disabled doesn’t keep you from being a human worthy of respect.

5 Comments on "What Is Neurodiversity?"

  1. Dualist either/or mindsets verses holistic pluralism that allows contradictions within itself into an and/both paradigm that is much larger. Unity from tyranny unites by repression and monoculture, destroying diversity,static in rigid formalism and polar oppositions, Where as unity from diversity, allows areas of relativity, resulting in democratic challenges that allow dynamic and evolving changes.

    Is this merely a psychological transformation or a neurological one? It may be both.

  2. Bradford Jordan | Jan 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm |

    I believe that the semantics of this debate is a critical point that needs to be addressed first. On the surface Neurodiversity appears incredibly valuable too our understanding of the brain. Deeper inspection alerts our sense of individual sovereignty and the stigmas that are constantly imposing their views on our differences. In order to make best use Neurodiversity we must first decide how we intend to view the data collected. 1) To forward our understanding of the human brain and it's intricate sub-parts in order to better the individuals experience or 2) To generalize and accept a “Standard” that has been defined by an authoritative collective. The latter will prove suppressive to the natural evolution of the brain and the human experience over the long term.

  3. i’d reboot myself, inability to control myself is far worse than death

  4. i'd reboot myself, inability to control myself is far worse than death

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