For Neurodivergents*, By Neurodivergents
*(and their supporters)
As a former special educator and neurodiversity researcher, a neurodivergent individual, and a member of a very neurodiverse family, the Mindfully Scientific Mama is committed to being an ally* to the neurodivergent community. In an effort to help connect neurodivergent parents, and parents of neurodivergent kids, with excellent resources from people who actually understand what it is like to live the neurodivergent experience, the Mindfully Scientific Mama has launched a new portal for all things neurodiversity. Neurodiversity is part of humanity. It is normal, and it is valuable. I hope these amazing resources will help family members of neurodivergents understand their loved ones better and feel empowered to support them, and those who are neurodivergent feel empowered to live proudly, authentically, and with confidence to seek accommodations and support where needed.
Please be patient while this page is further populated. More great content coming soon! Until then, be sure to check out the resources already listed below.
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What is Neurodiversity?
According to the Oxford Language Dictionary, neurodiversity can be defined as "the range of differences in individual brain function and behavioral traits, regarded as part of normal variation in the human population (used especially in the context of autistic spectrum disorders)." While the term may be most commonly associated with the autistic community, there are a number of neurotypes generally accepted as neurodivergent. These include ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and even mental health conditions (including OCD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia). The notion of neurodiversity moves beyond the medical model, which considers neurological deviations from the norm pathological and necessitating a cure, to embrace the importance of diverse minds.
Excellent Neurodiversity Resources to Check Out
More resources being added regularly!
* You will notice I used the term ally and not advocate, despite referring to myself earlier as a neurodivergent individual. This is because I am still learning where my voice fits as an advocate. Perhaps one day I will find it, but until then, I will allow those who have found their voice to speak for the community, rather than speaking over these amazing self advocates.
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