Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity “is the idea that neurological differences like autism and ADHD are the result of normal, natural variations in the human genome. This represents a new and fundamentally different way of looking at conditions which were traditionally pathologized” (Robinson, 2013). In Neurotribes, Silberman describes the emergence of the term neurodiversity:

. . . an idea as old as Asperger’s notion that people with the traits of his syndrome have always been part of the human community, standing apart, quietly making the world that mocks and shuns them a better place. In the late 1990’s a student of anthropology and sociology in Australia named Judy Singer, who possessing many of those traits herself, gave that idea a name: neurodiversity (p.450).