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Neurodiversity

noun. def: modern scientific understanding

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Neurodiversity is our modern way of understanding diverse neurological conditions, such as autism, as a natural part of the human condition. 

These variations occur naturally. While we don't yet know why these exist. We do know that these variations have been with humans for a very long time.

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less,"

- Marie Curie

"And so what, if I love each feather and each spangle? Why not try and see things from a different angle? Your life is a sham till you can shout out loud I am what I am!"

- Jerry Herman

I Am What I Am

"Neurodiversity should be seen as a gift to employers,"

- Richard Branson 

 

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Autism

noun. def: a common variation

Autism is a neurological variant which occurs in at least 1-in-59 people. Its origins are unknown, but it has played an important role in human society.

 

Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that each autistic individual will maintain a unique combination of autistic traits. Autistic people share similar experiences. However, no two people are alike. There are just as many ways to be autistic as there are autistic people. 

Autistic People

noun. def: human beings

Autistic people are just like any other group of humans. Autistic people span a range of intellectual abilities and skills.

Some autistic people verbally speak, while some communicate through other means. Some autistic individuals require a high-level of assistance, some less. Almost all autistic people experience difficulty (some much more so than others) living in a society which is not designed for them.

Autistic "Cousins"

noun. def: extended family members

Variations such as ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, and Dyslexia are often considered autistic "cousins". Each of these different conditions can often be accommodated through shared approaches and understanding.

Autistic people may also have one or more of these conditions as well. 

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"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less,"

- Marie Curie

"The autistic self-advocacy movement as a whole sees autism as a disability. This is known. We know it's a disability and we also know that disability can come with pride, culture, and rights. These things all go together with neurodiversity."

- Julia Bascom

Autistic Self Advocacy Network