I have an opportunity to present information about Neurodiversity at a mainstream autism conference next week. No, I won't be speaking there, but the conference coordinator has agreed to let me have a table at the Provider Expo. I'll have information there about a study I'm doing on university students and Asperger syndrome, and also some neurodiversity handouts.
This is really good news, as it will be a chance to reach both parents and professionals who work with autistic people and spread the idea of autism as a social construct and maybe raise a little bit of awareness that there are many of us who don't want to be changed or "cured".
It's also become a major headache to me, as I now realize I don't myself know what the word "neurodiversity" means anymore, and maybe I never did. I made the brochures up before the recent round of discussions, which is good in a way, since I think I would be at a loss to write a concise and coherent definition today.
I now have 200 copies of a handout which seems quite inadequate. I am asking for input here.
As it is now, the brochure contains:
1. A quote on neurodiversity from Mike Stanton (paragraph 3 here)
2. A quote on neurodiversity from Ventura33 (first 2 sentences here)
3. Excerpts from ANI philosophy statement regarding autistic self-advocacy and worth
5. Resource list with links to autistics.org, neurodiversity.com , ANI, Autism Hub
(all sources properly credited!)
This is for an autism specific conference. I am thinking of adding an insert regarding a broader definition for ND, as opposed to Autistic Civil Rights.
This is my attempt to work at the local level, and I don't want to screw it up by inadvertently using terms which might cause contention among us. Hub bloggers, and other autism and neurodiverse activists of all stripes, please let me know what you would like to see added or subtracted. I appreciate your help, and only wish I'd thought of asking for it earlier.