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Neurodiversity – ND
Judy Singer, an Australian Sociologist, is known for coining the term Neurodiversity in 1998 specifically to gain recognition for NeuroOutsiders in the Disability Rights Movement.
She is recognized as being instrumental in the development of the concept of Neurodiversity while completing an Honours Degree at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 1997-8.
The future of Neurodiversity
“Neurodiversity has been a world changing idea. It will continue to be of importance as long as Neuroscience is considered the ultimate authority on the capabilities of the human nervous system, and as long as we retain an environmentalist perspective on the importance of diversity.
Its meaning will continue to evolve as part of a dialectical process of change. Any world-changing idea (thesis) will be incomplete, will polarise people, will engender opposition and critique (antithesis). This is a good thing. After all the debate and discussion, a new synthesis will emerge, which will then be further refined and so on…” Judy Singer
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Neurodiversity typically includes ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, and Tourette syndrome.
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The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity is the national ADHD charity for the UK, and the largest user-led ADHD charity in Europe. The Foundation promotes a neurodiverse paradigm in health, education and employment.
Working in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers, government and other agencies, the ADHD Foundation actively promotes a strength-based approach to living successfully with ADHD and other ‘neurodiverse minds’, such as, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism spectrum, dyscalculia and Tourette’s syndrome.
Find out more here: ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity
The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Since 1962, we have been providing support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.
Find out more here: The National Autistic Society
The Dyspraxia Foundation is a country Wide charity, founded in 1987 as the Dyspraxia Trust by two mothers who met at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. After being told that their children had Dyspraxia they were astonished and dismayed to discover that no facilities existed to help or inform parents and children with the condition. They decided to form their own group to help others to help themselves.
From the very beginning they encouraged others to join the group and then to set up their own local sub-groups to support other parents and sufferers of Dyspraxia in their own local area, but in the name of the Trust. In 1996 the charity changed its name to the Dyspraxia Foundation and this is what it is know as today.
The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is the voice of dyslexic people. We aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.We won’t stop working until everyone with dyslexia is supported to reach their full potential.
Tourettes Action is the leading UK support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome and their families. Tourettes Action works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome and their families. We want people with TS to receive the practical support and social acceptance they need to help them live their lives to the full.
“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” Michael Phelps
“It kills me that there are standardized tests geared towards just one kind of child.” Channing Tatum
“Music is my therapy and my straitjacket. Music keeps me sane and keeps my mind on something. It’s fragile up there.” will.i.am
“I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.” Emma Watson
“40% of what I’ve done was a mistake. I now call it R&D” Jamie Oliver
“It might seem that it wouldn’t matter very much if we couldn’t predict what comes out of black holes — there aren’t any black holes near us,” “But it’s a matter of principle. If determinism — the predictability of the universe — breaks down in black holes, it could break down in other situations. Even worse, if determinism breaks down, we can’t be sure of our past history either. The history books and our memories could just be illusions. It is the past that tells us who we are. Without it, we lose our identity.” Stephen Hawking
“I never stop myself from doing something because I’m afraid of what people might think.” Zooey Deschanel
Bill Gates – technologist. Dave Grohl – musician. Emma Watson – actress. Heston Blumenthal – chef. Jamie Oliver – chef. Johnny Depp – actor. Lee Mack – comedian. Lily Allen – musician. Loyle Carner – musician. Michael Phelps – athlete. Richard Bacon – broadcaster. Russell Brand – comedian. Whoopi Goldberg – actress. Will Smith – actor. Will.i.am – musician. Woody Harrelson – actor.
Autism & Asperger’s
“I think the concept of Neurodiversity has been world-changing, by giving us a new perspective on humanity, but it needs to mature to the point where we see that human nature is complex, and nature is beautiful but not benign.” Judy Singer to Autism Awareness
“My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.” Sir Anthony Hopkins
“We float around and we run across each other and we learn about ourselves, and we make mistakes and we do great things. We hurt others, we hurt ourselves, we make others happy and we please ourselves. We can and should forgive ourselves and each other for that.” Dan Harmon
“It does not matter what sixty-six percent of people do in any particular situation. All that matters is what you do.” John Elder Robinson
Elon Musk – entrepreneur. Sir Anthony Hopkins – actor. Daryl Hannah – actress. David Byrne – musician. Breanna Clark – athlete. Ladyhawke – musician. Judy Singer – sociologist. Chris Packham – naturalist. Gary Numan – musician. Greta Thunberg – activist. Jessica Applegate – athlete