Thomas Ramey Watson

Neurodiversity: disabilities are essential to human ecosystem

“Hundreds, if not thousands, of studies come out every year giving us more and more information about how the human brain works.

This is revolutionizing our understanding of human mental functioning and that is a good thing. But it is also responsible for ours becoming a disability culture.

The trouble is that medical researchers generally have a disease-based perspective regarding the brain, not a view that is focused on health and well-being.

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The concept of neurodiversity provides a more balanced perspective.

Instead of regarding traditionally pathologized populations as disabled or disordered, the emphasis in neurodiversity is placed on differences.

Dyslexics often have minds that visualize clearly in three dimensions.

People with ADHD have a different, more diffused, attentional style.

Autistic individuals relate better to objects than to people.

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