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I’m leaving on Monday to present a lecture on neurodiversity at the Title I Conference in Tampa, Florida.  My presentation will be February 1, 2011 at 12:45 in Ballroom C of the Tampa Convention Center.  In the presentation, I’ll be emphasizing how neurodiversity represents an opportunity to reframe our understanding of children with disability labels like “autism”...
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I was happy to see recently a post on the Encyclopedia Brittanica blog that featured an interview with Cambridge University researcher Simon Baron-Cohen on the topic of neurodiversity.  When asked about the movement, Baron-Cohen replied:  “The neurodiversity movement has been a very positive influence in reminding us that there is no single pathway in neurological...
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I was just reading an article in The Watertown (NY) Daily Times about a seventeen-year-old named Christopher Durgen who has ADHD and autism.  As a young child, he had trouble getting along with classmates and was frequently suspended from school.  That all changed around the end of his sophomore year in high school when he disovered...
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I’ve been reading a number of blogs that have been critical of the neurodiversity movement.  Generally, they’ve characterized neurodiversity as saying “we don’t want a cure; we don’t want research; we just want to be left alone in our differentness.”  I suspect that only a small minority of neurodiversity activists take this position.  I certainly don’t.  In...
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An article in the New York Times yesterday reported that neurodiversity advocate Ari Ne'eman's nomination to the National Council on Disability was being held up in the U.S. Senate because of an anonymous hold placed by one or more senators.  While it is not certain as to why the nomination is being opposed, it may be reasonably supposed to...
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