What is neurodiversity?  Is anybody really normal?  How can we address the strengths of those who’ve been labeled as ADHD, dyslexia, autism, bipolar, or schizophrenic?  Those are some of the questions that are addressed in a new Canadian Broadcasting Company Radio One program entitled: ”The Myth of Normal” which aired Part 1 on April 29, 2022 and Part 2 on May 9, 2022.  The show brings together a number of voices in psychiatry, psychology, medicine, sociology, evolutionary biology, and the neurodiverse community to explore how what are considered ”mental disorders” may in prehistory have been advantages important for survival, and in today’s fast-paced world may actually be assets for working in technology, medicine, and a range of emerging disciplines.  Included among those interviewed for the program are:

The two-part series is part of Radio One’s weekly radio program ”Ideas” hosted by Nahlah Ayed.  Listen to archived editions of this program:  Part 1  – Part 2.

This show is great for opening up conversations about disabilities, the meaning of normality, neurodiversity at work, special education, and a range of other cultural, social, and scientific issues with family, friends, and colleagues.  I hope you listen and share (links are available for posting on Twitter, Facebook, and email)!  Enjoy!

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