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Neurodiversity



Neurodiversity is the idea that while some ways of processing information are more typical, there is validity and value in alternate patterns of neurological function that don’t need to be “cured,” but rather accommodated. There are many different trait groupings that can be considered neurodivergent, from autism and ADHD to dyslexia and synesthesia. While our neurodivergent traits can lend us a unique and deeply emotional lens through which we view the world, they can pose mental, emotional, and physical challenges in how we move through a society designed for people who think about, interact with, and interpret visual, verbal, and sensory information differently than we do. We are often caught in the tension between accepting and validating ourselves and searching out tools and strategies to better meet the expectations of those around us. Centering ourselves begins with recognizing that our brains aren’t “wrong,” just different.

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Meet the Accidental Genius

In 2002, Jason Padgett was the victim of a vicious beating outside a karaoke bar in Tacoma, Washington. Upon regaining consciousness, Padgett’s sight was forever altered by a condition called acquired savant syndrome.

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NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea

Judy Singer is generally credited with the coinage of the word that became the banner for the last great social movement to emerge from the 20th century.

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What Is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is the idea that it’s normal and acceptable for people to have brains that function differently from one another.

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The World Needs All Kinds of Minds | Temple Grandin

Autism activist Temple Grandin talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss.

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We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation

“This book is a message from autistic people to their parents, friends, teachers, coworkers and doctors showing what life is like on the spectrum. It’s also my love letter to autistic people.

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What Is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity advocates suggest there’s too much attention on the impairments that come with conditions like ADHD. They think a better approach is to focus on what someone’s good at, not what they lack.

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Synesthesia - Numberphile

Talking about Grapheme to Colour Synesthesia with Alex from Bite Sci-Zed.

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Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World that Wasn’t Designed for You

As a successful Harvard- and Berkeley-educated writer, entrepreneur, and devoted mother, Jenara Nerenberg was shocked to discover that her “symptoms”—only ever labeled as anxiety—were considered autistic and ADHD.

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A Neurodiversity Facts and Myths Primer

So you’re doing a story about Neurodiversity, or you want to know more about the Neurodiversity Movement. We’re here to help. First, It’s useful to know what the terms “neurodiversity” and “neurodiversity movement” mean.

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Neurodiversity–The Key that Unlocked My World | Elisabeth Wiklander | TEDxGöteborg

What do you think about, when you hear the word “autism”? No diagnostic manual can truly explain the multifaceted experience of autism. It’s a neurological difference with a vast spectrum of representation within its population.

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