I am generally credited with being the originator of the term Neurodiversity while writing a sociology honours thesis,"Odd People In: a personal exploration of a new social movement based on neurological diversity" (UTS Sydney 1998).
I did not define the term, thinking its meaning self-evident. Since then there have been a proliferation of definitions, and as I expected, most people intuitively "get it". But inevitably, some definitions seem to me to miss the point, especially when they take neurodiversity to be a synonym for "neurological disability".
While I understand that language evolves and changes, I am determined to defend my intuitive understanding of the term vigourously, and have thus unpacked the complex meaning furled within it.
To read my definition, click on the "What is Neurodiversity" tab above, or here
- What Neurodiversity is
- What Neurodiversity is not
- What the Neurodiversity Movement is
- Fundamental Principles
- Neurodiversity and Conservation
- The Dark Side of Neurodiversity
- Neurodiversity and Eugenics
- Neurodiversity and "Difference vs Disability"
- The Future of Neurodiversity