Humans are diverse. The world would be dull if we looked, talked, and thought all the same.
Neurodiversity is a biological fact: neurological functioning is as diverse as humans are diverse. There is no right, better, or ideal type of neurological functioning. These are the primary tenants of the neurodiversity paradigm.
We at the FASD Institute believe that neurodiversity, like all diversity, should be celebrated. We believe that acknowledging an individual's intersectionality: all areas of their identity allows connection to self. By honouring strengths and challenges, from the social model of disability, we aim to create a safe and empowering place for all.
Neurodiversity -Term coined Judy Singer (1998), highlighting human neurological functioning diversity. Neurodiversity refers to more than brain or neurocognitive functioning, but all neurological functioning. Neurodiversity is a biological fact.
Neurodiversity Paradigm - A social activist movement that promotes that there is no standard or ideal type of neurological functioning. The Neurodiversity movement focuses on dismantling ableism and oppression and seeks civil rights, equity, respect, and full societal inclusion for the neurodivergent.
Neurodivergent (ND) (noun or adj.) The term coined by Kassiane Asasumasu (2000) describes someone whose neurology functions in ways that diverge significantly from dominant societal standards of normal. Neurodivergence, or the state of being neurodivergent, can be largely innate or acquired, or a combination of both. Not synonymous with Autistic. A person's neurological functioning that diverges in multiple ways can be multiplied neurodivergent.
Neurotypical (NT)) (noun or adj.) – Having a neurological or neurocognitive functioning style that falls within the dominant societal standards. Not synonymous with Allistic.
Neurominority (noun or adj.) – A neurodivergent population that shares a similar form of neurodivergence. Some neurominorities include Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, FASD, and TBI. It is also possible to be neurodivergent without being a member of a neurominority group.
Neurodiverse - A group (not to describe individuals) where one or more members' neurological functioning differs substantially from others. The opposite is neurohomogenous.
"If we focus on all the things a neurodivergent person is 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.