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Neurodiversity and Our Neurodiverse Community

Every1Games is a neurodiverse community. We offer  specialized learning programs integrating social, technical and professional skills development opportunities in a low anxiety environment.  We call these our “Neurodiverse Skills Development Programs” because we provide a safe, judgement free, low anxiety learning environment that helps neurodivergent youth realize their potential.

Many people we speak to have never heard the term, or knew the concept of, “neurodiversity”. Here are some definitions and quotes from one of our favourite resources, Neurocospmopilanism ; Nick Walkers Notes on Neurodiversity Autism and Cognitive Liberty.

“Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.” – Nick Walker

Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is a biological fact. It’s not a perspective, an approach, a belief, a political position, or a paradigm. That’s the neurodiversity paradigm (see link below), not neurodiversity itself…

A group of people is neurodiverse if one or more members of the group differ substantially from other members, in terms of their neurocognitive functioning…Or, to phrase it another way, a neurodiverse group is a group in which multiple neurocognitive styles are represented.

Neurodiversity is not a trait that any individual possesses. Diversity is a trait possessed by a group, not an individual. When an individual diverges from the dominant societal standards of “normal” neurocognitive functioning, they don’t “have neurodiversity,” they’re neurodivergent …

Neurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”

The terms neurodivergent and neurodivergence were coined by Kassiane Sibley, a multiply neurodivergent neurodiversity activist.

Neurotypical

Neurotypical, often abbreviated as NT, means having a style of neurocognitive functioning that falls within the dominant societal standards of “normal.”

Neurotypical can be used as either an adjective (“He’s neurotypical”) or a noun (“He’s a neurotypical”).

Neurotypical is the opposite of neurodivergent, not the opposite of autistic. Autism is only one of many forms of neurodivergence, so there are many, many people who are neither neurotypical nor autistic. Using neurotypical to mean non-autistic is like using “white” to mean “not black.”

READ MORE ABOUT THE LANGUAGE AND MEANING OF NEURODIVERSITY BY NICK WALKER (The definitions of the Neurodiversity Paradigm and Movement can be found here too!)

 Here are some links to a few other favourites!

  • Neurodiversity in the Classroom: This is a slide show by Thomas Armstrong who presents a strength based assessment. It is for special education teachers, mostly.
  • Carly’s Cafe: This is an interactive digital media project produced by a non-verbal autistic girl to help people understand what it is like to be autistic.
  • The Reason I Jump  Written by a 14 year old non-verbal autistic boy in Japan. Though this link is not a full copy of the book, this link does provide some insight.
  • Ask An Autistic and other youtube channels and facebook pages by autistic people are the best resources to learn about Neurodiversity.
  • Autistic Hoya
  • Contact us! We are happy to chat and help you find a specific resource.