With Steve Silberman’s NeuroTribes having been released in 2015, it seems that the Neurodiversity Movement had reached a new chapter in its development. As a result, the concept of neurodiversity has slowly permeated into the mainstream media. A great piece of evidence that proves that notion is Lilia Luciano’s article (and video accompanying it), “Adults with Autism: Living neurodiverse in a neurotypical world,” from 2017. In the story, we see her exploring the perspectives of neurodiversity advocates that are part of the Autistic community, as well as those in the UC Davis MIND Institute, who fall more in line with the autism community.
Although it may seem that the Autistic and autism community essentially mean the same thing on the surface, there actually is a difference. the AUTISTIC community is comprised of autistic individuals and their allies who embrace neurodiversity and the social model of disability. The AUTISM community, on the other hand, consists of parents, medical professionals, and anti-vaxxers who embrace the medical model and wish to “fix” or “cure” autism. […]