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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Culturally Responsive Education: Neurodiversity & Dis/ability Discrimination

This guide provides a starting point to finding resources on diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression work at Shepherd University.


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Neurodiversity has become the go to word for a large part of the autistic community. It strays away from the medical model of diagnosis, which was created for the convenience of the abled rather than the support of people with disabilities.

Judy Singer, an autistic person, coined the term "neurodiversity" in a not well-read thesis in Australia in 1988. Harvey Blume popularized the word in a 1998 issue of The Atlantic and said, “Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will prove best at any given moment? Cybernetics and computer culture, for example, may favor a somewhat autistic cast of mind.”

Neurodiversity covers a multitude of neurological differences including but not limited to: Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others.                        Click to embiggen

a physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.
a disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law.
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