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Neurodiversity
In my forthcoming book Neurodiversity:  Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Other Brain Differences, I explore the idea of niche construction as a way of thinking about neurodiversity.  When I suggest that neurodiverse individuals, such as those with autism or ADHD, might have been labeled gifted in other times and in other...
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On Friday, February 12, 2010 Temple Grandin presented at the cutting-edge TED Conference in Long Beach, California.  She shared some unique insights about being autistic, putting special emphasis on the ability to think in pictures and to home in on details, and illustrating these points with stories from her own life, including her work as an engineer/inventor...
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I was a special education teacher for several years, and during my time teaching, I became aware that not enough emphasis was being placed on the strengths of children who had been sent to my special classes.  This made me resolve to do some research, and I had the opportunity to do this when I did...
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Yesterday I talked about "blurring the boundaries" in categories (e.g. learning disabled, gifted etc.).  As one participant in our cyberconference put it:   " Nobody experiences disability 100% of the time, in every situation; nor is someone ALWAYS "gifted and talented".   Consequently, from a lived perspective, from a contextually rich perspective, labels don't really have a place.  There are...
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I'm happy to have received some comments already from participants in the CRSTE Cyberconference 2010, and would like to make some reflections on them in this post.  One issue that came up was the deficit-oriented paradigm that is too often used in special education.  One participant shared the experience of a friend who had attended special education...
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