Q: What is this “neurodiversity” I’m told ADHD is a form of?

A: Neurodiversity is a term originally coined by Australian sociologist, Judy Singer, in the late-1990s. There is no official definition of the term nor spokesperson for the movement. The term “neuro-diversity” is used by some thinkers to apply to a wide range of differences. A psychologist sees it as including a limited range of conditions. The aims of the Neuro-Diversity Movement seem to be to: change mainstream perceptions of the minority of people who are neuro-diverse; replace negative, deficit-based stereotypes of neuro-diverse people with a more balanced valuation of their abilities and needs; to find valued roles for neuro-diverse people; and, to demonstrate that society can benefit from the contribution of neuro-diverse people.

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