Thursday, March 12, 2015

Recommended Reading

Neurodiversity: Some Basic Terms & Definitions

Neurodivergent. Learn about the term. Practice using it. Make it a part of your overall vocabulary.

There are a lot of people who will flip out and do flip out over terms like "ableism" or "neurotypical" any time they pop up to describe a concept that most of the population is unfamiliar with, or that people kind of know about but approach it in the wrong way. Using "google" as a verb gained acceptance without much resistance in a couple years, but fuck if we should have a word that describes systemic discrimination against disabled and mentally ill people.

Even though, like, holy shit, there's a ton of it. People who can't work are called "leaches" and any time a white person commits an act of violence they must have been mentally ill, because mentally ill people are violent, right? (Wrong.)

The idea of neurodiversity is simply to try and get people to accept the fact that people's minds work differently, as individuals, and some people's minds work more differently than most other's. It's a pretty simple and inclusive concept, but people will be threatened by it nonetheless.

But if you're not an asshole, please read on the basics of this psychological concept in order to help yourself become a more educated and considerate person.

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