Humans are diverse. The world would be a very dull place if we looked, talked, and thought all the same.
In the medical model of disability, the focus is on deficits, disorders, and impairments. From a neurodiversity paradigm, first described by Judy Singer, we shift from pathologizing to honouring and celebrating.
We do not believe that people are broken, need to be fixed, cured, or are puzzle pieces that need to be put back together.
In the social model of disability, it is systems of oppression that create disability. We believe that if folx' intersectionality is named, they can develop a sense of self. Identity formation, either through formal assessment and diagnosis or self-identifying, can give direction.
We also believe that it is essential to name folx' starting points. We can honour and celebrate diversity while acknowledging the historical, intergenerational, and current challenges folx faces when their diversity is not recognized. Providing equity through education and informed services is the responsibility of all members of the community.
Through this perspective, naming neurodiversity can be empowering versus a weapon used to oppress. It can create community, connection, and a path to healing and empowerment.
Internalized ableism can create shame because we have adopted the colonial ideals of capitalism, uniformity, and invisibility.
The FASD Institute aims to provide a safe place where non-judgemental honest information is offered from an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-ablest and LGBTQIA2S+ honouring framework to dismantle oppressive systems and colonization for all marginalized folx.
"If we focus on all the qualities, neurodivergent folx are good at, that gets to be their story, and everyone deserves to be the hero in their own story.” -Natascha Lawrence.
To learn about the END© Model, our framework for empowering neurodiversity click the below link.