Neuro-diversity

  Neurodiversity

The idea behind neurodiversity is that  brain differences with conditions like autism are normal and can be beneficial.       Click icon for an introduction to neurodiversity from Understood website.

To get an idea where it might be heading as a movement have a look at this research article.       It says that autistic people have been speaking up for themselves since the 1990’s and that this has led to the development of the Neurodiversity movement.      It outlines current debates about the nature of autism and helps to dispel one or two common misunderstandings of what Neurodiversity means.


This page is dedicated to publications from the viewpoint of people who do not fit in with today’s prevailing norms, notably Asperger’s Syndrome – and those close to them.

 Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman is an award-winning science writer and has a lot to say about autism.      Click icon to browse his website.      In particular, look for the video in the right column: The forgotten history of autism.      See also Profile

Different not less

Click icon to see how Silberman puts flesh on the bones of this slogan with hard-headed analysis and vision. 

The man who wants us to embrace autism

See Guardian article,      It explores his views and insights.      For example, Two further developments, thinks Silberman, make life much brighter for people with autism today.      One is social media: “In face-to-face, real-time interactions, people on the spectrum are often overloaded.      Conversation, eye contact, body language, all the little social signals – that can get too much.      Whereas, on the computer, at their own pace, it’s often much more natural to them.”   

He is the author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversitysee Amazon.     

  Difference or disorder?

There are two ways of thinking about disability.      It seems to depend on how you look at it.        Click icon for an article.

Also, this forum post sets out how the writer sees legislation based on the social model of disability working out.

  Amythest Schaber

Amythest Schaber is an artist, writer, public speaker and advocate.         In her blog called Neuro Wonderful she offers insight into autistic life, put across in her unique style.        Click play icon to see her range of videos.       For example:  What is autistic burnout?
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 Stories from the spectrum

What is it really like to be an autistic adult?       The National Autistic Society has collected together stories from a variety of people across the autistic spectrum.       Click icon to browse and see what they have to say.

Also, ITV has produced an autism awareness series.       For example, Professor Ian Walker shares his story. ….. He is a retired university lecturer who was only diagnosed with autism at the age of 71.      Click link below to see article and video clip.       Find more interviews from the series at the bottom of the ITV page.

What is it really like?

Key words

Ableism:  quick          detail
Autism-positive:       article
Aspie:                description
Neurodiversity          article

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