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Let’s Talk About Neurodiversity {Acceptance, Love, and Self-care: #AutismPositivity2015}

By Rebecca Monteleone

Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level: 12th grade. For an EASY READ VERSION, is available on full post. (see link)

[Note: the following blog post is my opinion. I certainly do not speak for everyone.]

Hello, everyone! Today, as part of Autism Acceptance Month (which was actually in April), bloggers from all over the world are posting to celebrate autism pride. This year’s theme, “Acceptance, Love and Self-Care” will be written about by hundreds of disability and autism bloggers. So, once you’re done here, check out #AutismPositivity2015 on your social media site of choice, and happy reading!

Today, I’d like to just have a quick chat about NEURODIVERSITY with all of you beautiful souls, and then I’d love to direct you toward some awesome autism-positive and disability pride resources so that you can feed your brains with the deliciousness that is the celebration of variation!

So what is neurodiversity?

Great question! Neurodiversity is an understanding that neurological differences should be recognised and celebrated as part of human variation. Differences in cognition should be valued and cherished as diversifying our communities and challenging false paradigms about “normalcy” (National Symposium on Neurodiversity).  Basically, the neurodiversity model posits that there is no one way for the human mind to function, and differences in neuro-functioning should not necessarily be pathologised.

Please follow this link to read the full post: http://insertdisabilityeuphemismhere.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/acceptance-love-and-self-care.html

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We Always Liked Picasso Anyway Expressions of PosAutivity: #AutismPositivity2014

By Lei Wiley-Mydske

 
2014 is the year I started a library!  

 

 
Not just any library, but one focused on the ideas of autism acceptance, neurodiversity and disability rights.  I set up every other week to lend books to my local community that amplify Autistic and disabled voices.   When I first got the idea to open an acceptance library, I was a little intimidated by all the work that would go into this. It is a LOT of work.   I found, however, that following my passion for educating other people about the value of diversity and the worth and beauty of disabled lives has made all the work that goes into this actually FUN!
I love what I do.  

 

I love seeing people begin to understand autism and disability in new ways.  I love when people ask me for a specific therapy or parenting book and I explain that the mission of my library is not to fix something that isn’t broken, but to celebrate Autistic and disabled lives.
 (FAQ Page for the Library)
 
 This is a very new concept for many.I hope to make it a little less shocking and controversial an idea. Because as I have said before:


(Image of a blue/green square framed in olive green with black text that reads: : “Loving, accepting and valuing Autistic lives should not be considered a revolutionary act.”)

I hope to help other disabled people in my community to come to the place of acceptance and pride that I have found through finding and knowing my own Autistic community.   I hope that people will stop telling me they are afraid to label their children as Autistic, because being Autistic won’t be something to fear.   I hope that when people walk into a bookstore and ask for books on Autism, they are not led to the parenting section, but to the Disability Rights and Disability Pride section.   My library will always reflect those hopes until they are a reality.

 
 
And they will be.
I believe this because I see it happening every day. 
 
I look forward to the day when my son is an adult and Autism Acceptance is the norm,   I hope that ideas like my library play a little part in making that happen for the next generation of Autistic people.
Autism Acceptance.  Neurodiversity.  
 


      (Image of a young Autistic boy next to a table with a selection of library books on autism,
disability rights and neurodiversity)

See the original post on We Always Liked Picasso Anyway at: http://autistictimestwo.blogspot.ca/2014/04/we-always-liked-picasso-expressions-of.html

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