Written by Manuel Díaz from Neurodivergencia Latina. Bias: From Normalization to Neurodiversity. Society is full of biases. The media and the press are biased towards what they decide to report (or not report, for that matter). People in general have a bias to seek out what is convenient for them personally.
Autonomy and self-determination are principles that we talk a lot about within the neurodiversity movement, but what do we mean by this? How is this relevant to Autistic people? Unfortunately, it’s the second sentence of article 5 which becomes problematic for us because many of us are presumed to be incapable of exercising autonomy.
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.
I have seen a lot of misconceptions about what the word neurotypical (NT) means, so I thought I would take some time to explain what NT means by giving examples of what it doesn’t mean.
The first misconception is that neurotypical means not autistic. Nick Walker addresses this misconception:
Neurotypical is the opposite of neurodivergent,
[CN: Functioning labels, martyr parents]
My offline life is really full at the moment. I’m juggling a lot of things while trying to manage a complete lack of spoons. I’m still sliding down to burn out, and I’m accepting the real possibility that I might not be able to stop that slide.
Erasure is a problem when people write about the neurodiversity movement. It is generally acknowledged that an Australian white academic coined the term neurodiversity, but the fact that the same person did not contribute to the neurodiversity movement in any way that could be called positive is seldom mentioned.
In fact, she did the opposite