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What is Neurodiversity?

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

By DiverseMinds Research Team & Lauren Pearson

Reading time 10 minutes ⏰

The core of Neruodiversity 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.

The term “Neurodiversity” refers to the ideology that surrounds how we as humans interact together and individually.

This methodology explicitly states that we are all unique in our physiological and psychological makeup which results in the neurodiversity paradigm. All of our brains contribute to neurodiversity, however only some individuals are categorized as “neurodivergent”. Those who are neurodivergent often have neurological conditions like ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Tourette’s syndrome and more. (written by Lauren Pearson)

In daily life, neuro-diverse people are often forced to spend extra energy on masking in order to integrate into society. Such pressures and the difficulties they entail are not obvious, but they are real. Therefore, the proposal of neurodiversity also has the significance of alerting the society to the so-called neurodiversity who are not social and struggle to survive in neurodiversity society.

On the other hand, neuro-diversity has a number of distinct advantages. Neuro-diverse people also tend to be more creative because they think differently than neurodiversity. They are better at solving problems in new ways, making connections between seemingly unrelated topics and asking thought-provoking questions.

Neurodiversity has been raised to allow the public to recognize that people with autism have their own advantages. While only 5-20% of adults with autism have a job, these advantages allow them to excel in certain fields. In a highly social and changing environment, the gap between autistic people and the rest of the population becomes insurmountable; In a more welcoming environment, autistic people have fewer barriers, giving them a chance to show off their talents. For example, the famous Temple Grandin, her special ability to imagine images, let her become an excellent farm machinery designer. The Israeli army even has a team of autistic people who monitor tiny changes in satellite images to predict what's likely to happen. Right now IT is probably the most popular field for people with autism. Many IT companies, including Microsoft, Google and SAP, have set up special departments to hire people with autism.


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