Different not less

This article by Steve Silberman has the extended title, Autistic people are not failed versions of “normal.”    They’re Different not less.     Click icon for an edited text of his speech from 2016 that explains his thinking.     There is a video of the speech at the bottom of the page.14mins     In it he says that society is evolving towards honouring neurodiversity.    He says:

  • Autism is not a puzzle that will be solved by the next medical breakthrough.     It is an enormous population of men and women with tremendous potential who are being denied what everyone deserves: the chance to live a happy, healthy, safe, secure and productive life.
  • This approach does not mean making light of the day-to-day challenges that people with autism and their families face, rather involves building support systems for people who think differently.
  • Software producer, SAP, has made a commitment to hiring hundreds of autistic programmers and product managers in the coming years, based on a model developed by Thorkill Sonne of Specialisterne.     The project has taken off in seven countries, including India, Germany, Canada, Brazil and the United States.
  • SAP director says that because tech employees are generally so hard to retain and expensive to replace, the company benefits from the fierce loyalty and intense focus of its employees on the spectrum.

Neurodiversity

The neurodiversity movement was launched by Judy Singer, an Australian sociologist who is herself on the autism spectrum.     She saw it as a social justice movement for what she called neurological minorities.     She felt that they should be regarded as normal with potentially valuable variations in the way their brains work.  childmind.org

The neurodiversity movement was launched by Judy Singer, an Australian sociologist who is herself on the autism spectrum.     She saw it as a social justice movement for what she called neurological minorities.     She felt that they should be regarded as normal with potentially valuable variations in the way their brains work.     Click icon to view.

A research article, investigating issues connected with the neurodiversity movement from Frontiers in psychology concludes, among other things that:

  • A balanced neurodiversity stance offers key principles to steer the development of early interventions.
  • Future directions include partnerships with autistic people, alongside caregivers on intervention research.

See also

Neurodiversity brief
Neurodiversity myths x 5

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