The Neurodiversity movement by Vanderbilt Hustler

I was diagnosed with autism at the end of last semester, so this spring was my first time approaching professors to officially explain my differences. When I told one of my instructors about my diagnosis, he said, “Aww, I’m sorry.” I felt insulted, because I don’t perceive my autism as primarily a deficit. I don’t doubt that he meant well, but my sympathetic professor embodied an all-too-common sentiment: that conditions like autism are entirely undesirable and detract from otherwise “whole” people. I’ve heard similar comments from other faculty members and students on Vanderbilt’s campus. It’s time for us to start thinking about autism differently. Rather than defaulting to classification as a disability, we should recognize autism and other neurological differences as a part of human diversity.

Source: The Neurodiversity movement by Vanderbilt Hustler

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