Neurodiversity in Life

Updated: Jun 13

By DiverseMinds Research Team

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The core of Neurodiversity is diversity. From the perspective of sociology, diversity is now advocated, including different races, gender identity, gender orientation, age and so on. Neruo- is nothing more than adding a nerve prefix, and in neurobiological terms, both psychiatric and neurological diseases have neurological roots. From a neurological point of view to accommodate people with different neurological patterns, with different mental and neurological disorders. Whether it's fine score or autism, they're just two different mindsets, not fundamentally different from us. The essence is "human", and the core of diversity emphasizes human and human rights.


Neurodiversity can be described by a social model of disability. Different from the medical model, which emphasizes that disability is caused by pathological defects, the social model emphasizes that people with disabilities themselves are basically not hindered by pathological defects, but the design of social structure and system makes their life more difficult.


For example, a person with dyslexia life cannot leave message mail in this work life society, he should not only spend more time and energy to read mail reply message and effort, don't think his ability can also face the superior colleagues inefficient misunderstanding, discrimination and marginalization and side gate. Living in an environment where communication is not dependent on reading and writing (i.e. all communication takes place on the phone or via video), the dyslexic person would not encounter these difficulties and would not be discriminated against and marginalized by those around him or her.


Another example would be, a person with an autism spectrum disorder may be out of place at work because of the way they work. In addition, he was born with a high concentration on details and poor interpersonal communication skills. He always inadvertently pointed out the mistakes of superiors and colleagues. This leads to being labeled as arrogant, offensive, and isolated in the workplace. But if colleagues and friends are aware of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a little understanding of the person with ASD and an objective communication about the problem can make a big difference.


Therefore, the disability of neurodiverse people is not their own defect, but the social design does not meet their needs, or the failure to receive appropriate help and guidance in time, resulting in frequent obstacles in work and life.


These disorders, which are not clearly visible, can have the same negative effects as a broken arm. When neuro-diverse people live in a society that fails to meet their basic needs for a long time, their mental health can be affected, ranging from low self-esteem to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.