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Neurodiversity
I want to wish a hearty welcome to participants in the CRSTE CyberConference 2010.  What we're going to do over the next few days (with the exception of three days on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday when I travel to speak in Atlanta) is explore the concept of neurodiversity.  This is a relatively new word, coined around ten...
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   Over the past sixty years, we’ve witnessed a phenomenal growth in the number of new psychiatric illnesses.  The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, first published in 1952, originally listed about 100 categories of illness.  By the year 2000, that number had tripled.  We’ve become accustomed to hearing in the news about “learning...
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A recent interview on the blog Technoccult with neurodiversity advocate Kassiane (she didn't wish to give her last name), highlighted some key points about neurodiversity.  In defining neurodiversity, she made an important distinction between the word and the movement, explaining:  "Neurodiversity, the word, simply means the whole variety of different brain wirings people have…from the different kinds of normal...
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Starting on Feburary 6, 2010, HBO will lauch a new biopic starring Golden Globe award winner Claire Danes, based on the life of Temple Grandin, designer of livestock machinery, best-selling author, and autistic individual.  Grandin has punctured the stereotype of autism as a disorder locking a person into isolation from the rest of the world.  Instead,...
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I just read an interesting editorial in the current issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry on schizophrenia.  In particular this paragraph intrigued me: "What causes schizophrenia? The short answer may be "nothing" or more precisely "no one thing." In most cases, schizophrenia is an end result of a complex interaction between thousands of genes...
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