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Researchers at Stanford Medical School have demonstrated that children of bipolar parents score higher on a non-verbal creativity test than children of "healthy" parents.  The study compared creativity scores of 40 bipolar parents and 40 offspring (half of whom had bipolar disorder and the other half of whom had ADHD), with 18 healthy adults and 18 healthy...
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Here's a post on neurodiversity from the blog Life as the Mother of 4 that  I'd like to share with my readers.  Wednesday, December 30, 2009 The Great Divide: Trying to figure out the Neurodiversity Movement Thomas Armstrong in his essay Special Education and the Concept of Neurodiversity states that the “basic premise [of neurodiversity] is that atypical neurological...
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Katie Apostolides, who has Down Syndrome, graduated in 2009 from Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania with an associate’s degree in science.  This makes her one of the first (if not the first) individuals with Down Syndrome to complete a post-secondary degree.  She has had a number of news articles follow her academic progress, including one in...
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A software company in Denmark has created a positive reputation in the industry by hiring people with autistic spectrum disorders because of their special skills.  Seventy-five  percent of the workers at Specialisterne have autism and related conditions.  They specialize in testing computer software and spotting "bugs" that software developers might have missed.  It turns out that their excellent...
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I just happened to notice a mention of my forthcoming book Neurodiversity:  Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences in the Irish Times.  "In Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Other Brain Differences (Perseus, May), Thomas Armstrong offers a radical perspective which sees many neuropsychological disorders...
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Anxiety can be a crippling disorder.  But in the right quantity at the right time, it can save your life.  A study by William Lee and his colleagues at the Institute for Psychiatry in London in the journal Psychological Medicine, using data from a national British survey of health outcomes, discovered that those individuals who...
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  The history of special education in the United States is a dramatic one. Without going into the whole legislative history, suffice it to say that during the 1970’s, due in large part to increasing scientific involvement in special needs issues as well as concerted parent advocacy efforts during the 1960’s and 1970’s, public schools...
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Despite public fears to the contrary, a new report published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin reveals that schizophrenics are the least likely of any group to commit homicide. According to the report, people have only a one in 14 million risk of being killed by a stranger who has been diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia. ‘What...
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A White House press release dated December 16, 2009, announced that a prominent neurodiversity advocate, Ari Ne'eman, has been named to a key governmental post.  Obama has named Ne'eman to the National Council on Disability, which is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the president and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities. ...
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