Neurodiversity A-Z: Introduction

Today marks the start of Autism Awareness Month. Like many Autistic folks, I’m dreading the invasion of puzzle pieces, blue lights and general autism awareness material. Awareness is harmful. Awareness does not lead to acceptance. Awareness turns us into a problem to be aware of; a problem to be solved.

Many Autistic people are using April to focus on acceptance, and while I fully support those campaigns (including RED Instead and Tone It Down Taupe on Facebook), I thought I would do something a little different.

I loved Unstrange Mind’s A-Z of Autism Acceptance which is a fantastic series of posts that you can start reading here. After reading those posts, I thought a similar A-Z of Neurodiversity would be awesome. I set about planning a series of posts to do just that, but then I started feeling overwhelmed and I couldn’t quite get to the point of writing anything.

So I decided to reach out to people in my community and ask for help, which means that this series has now become a collaborative project and it will be better than anything that I could have possibly written on my own.

Every day in April, a new post will be published which addresses a theme related to the neurodiversity movement and/or paradigm. All posts will be written by neurodivergent people who are Autistic, so while neurodiversity means recognising the value of the diversity offered by all neurotypes, this series will offer a distinctly Autistic perspective.

Each post will be themed in alphabetical order. These are as follows:

I hope that you will enjoy reading this series as much as I have enjoyed compiling it.

For a full list of definitions related to neurodiversity, please see Nick Walker’s post on neurocosmopolitanism.