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03 August 2005 @ 01:12 pm
What is "neurodiversity"?

I noticed this in the community info and I'm not sure what it means...
Sabrinasophiaserpentia on August 3rd, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
This is a term that came out of the Autism/Asperger's community. The Wikipedia article phrases it well:

"Neurodiversity is a concept that atypical neurological wiring (neurodivergence) is a normal human difference that is to be tolerated and respected as any other human difference. The concept of neurodiversity was created by autistic individuals who believe that autism is not a disorder but a part of who they are and that curing autistic people would be the same as destroying their original personalities and replacing them with different people. However, others have adopted the term, such as dyslexic, dyspraxic and hyperactive people."

There is a growing awareness of the ways in which autistics, schizophrenics, and others of neurodivergence have been oppressed, exploited, "othered;" accused of witchcraft, imprisoned in asylums, defined as "disordered," denied equal access to work, marriage, and other social opportunities, stereotyped, shunned, and so on.
Randy R.trannyboi_lb on August 3rd, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
It is very interesting to me....
that this should be brought up here because I had an argument once with a mental health "professional" over the treatment plan they were using for a woman in a program I was in at the time. She had Disassociative Identity Disorder or to use the much overused and never understood term Multiple Personalities. They (the staff) were trying to put her personalities back together into one personality and she was just getting worse and worse. I finally asked one of her "therapists" one day why they were messing with something that was working for her. In her life outside the program she had a good job (held down by two of her personalities), and was a clean and orderly person who had worked out how to allow her personalities to have some say in "their" life while still being productive. She was in the program because she had gotten very depressed over the end of a relationship. So, I asked him why they were trying to break something that worked for her and was normal for her? Why were they trying to force her into a box that she didn't fit into. So, they tried it my way. (Don't ask me I don't understand) She got over her transient depression and left the program still multiplied but happy. SO, I think that mahy of us are accused of horrendous things when we don't fit the societal norm and I agree it needs to end. Neurodiversity is just one among many changes that need to be implemented to make our world a much better place.

Graminagramina on August 4th, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)
*nods* I think it's a useful way of thinking -- the question shouldn't be "is this normal" but "in an ideal world, would this still be a problem for you." So if your multiples aren't on speaking terms with each other, that's probably an issue; and if you can't tell the difference between the music in your head and the siren coming up behind you, that's probably an issue too. But as long as it's at least functional *enough,* I don't see why anyone would need to be "normal."