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What IS neurodiversity?

This term, which is a combination of “neurological” and “diversity” originated in the late 1990s by sociologist Judy Singer as a challenge to prevailing views of neurological diversity as inherently pathological (which indicates it is something that can be cured), instead asserting that neurological differences are a natural variation of the human genome and thus should be recognized and respected as a social category on par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status.  It’s a basic belief that different people think differently, and that no one way of thinking is “right” or “wrong”.  For purposes of this podcast, I see neurodiversity as an umbrella term that encompasses us all, whether we are neurotypical or neurodivergent. 


Anyone who has some form of atypical developmental, intellectual or cognitive function.  Some neurominority conditions that fall into ‘neurodivergent’ are:

  • Autism (ASD)

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Tourette’s Syndrome

  • Dyslexia

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

  • Dyscalculia

  • Auditory processing disorder


1 in 5 people fall into one, or MORE, of these categories.


Anyone who has typical development, and intellectual, or cognitive functioning.

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