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.
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 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
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 Neurodiversity – see Amazon.
Dan Edmunds is a psychotherapist in Pennsylvania. He is involved with the autistic rights movement. He seeks to understand the autistic person rather than trying to change him or her. Click icon for his article about Autism. How does this work out in practice?
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 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?
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.
Autistic UK aim to equip autistic people with the tools to self-advocate. They also help to equip education, health, and support services to become more accessible to all on the spectrum. Click icon for their website.
As a community interest company (CIC) they are expected to reinvests surplus profits to do more of their work but can also pay a proportion of this out to the owners or investors.
This is a website by a special needs tutor with Asperger Syndrome. Click icon on the right to browse. For example: Being different
This article considers the possibility that people with autism might be savvier consumers. Click icon to see article.
This is a discussion group for members. They stress that it is NOT a support group. Their goal is to eradicate stereotypical images of autism, and to promote an autism-positive stance. Click icon for Facebook group. You have to join the group to see content. See also Austism-positive.
Monique Craine is a blogger, activist and campaigner for NeuroDivergent (ND) rights, AKA Human Rights. She says, This video was inspired by a Powerpoint presentation which I delivered in the past – which people claimed ‘opened their eyes’ to autism. It has been receiving praise from the autistic community, autism professionals and parents. Click play button to watch.
I am autistic, non-speaking. I am also labeled “low-functioning”. This label is a pre-judgment based on what I cannot do. It makes people look at me with pity instead of trying to get to know me, listen to my ideas.
This website could be a treasure trove for the gifted academic or teacher.
- Here is one of the author’s more accessible articles: Advice to Young Autistics I did learn to navigate the neurotypical social world. But I didn’t approach that task with the intention of trying to change myself in order to “fit in.” I approached it as an adventure in learning my way around an exotic foreign culture.
- This could be a good starting point for further reading: Neuro-what?
These links are all from the Ollibean website. If you are always questioning things, maybe a bit of a non-conformist, this site could be a useful starting point.
- Attitudes – We need to start to change how non-disabled people see disabled people, and then we can begin demanding a change in attitude. We have enough true allies to join and support us, and we can demand what we decide we need to live a fulfilling human life.
- Be awesome – Ableism – discrimination against disabled people, often unconscious/implicit. Ableism brought forth by pity is frustrating. It gets in the way of possibilities.
- Universal design – When more people participate, everyone wins because human beings learn from each other – e.g. Captioned videos, films and TV help with literacy, including literacy of non-disabled people.
- False choices – e.g. Is autism a disability or a difference?
What started out as an explanation for autistic behaviour has with twelve years of obsessive thought become the basis for a profound shift in thinking about psychology. See introduction.