What is Neurodiversity?
Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds: a biological fact, like skin color, hair color, height or sex. It is not a perspective, a belief, or a choice. Individuals with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, or Schizophrenia (among others) can be described as neurodivergent. However, like gender or race, Neurodivergence is also an identity. Having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal,” is an intrinsic and pervasive factor in an individual’s psyche which informs their way of being in the world.
The Neurodiversity Club at UVU
The Neurodiversity Club at UVU seeks to create a safe, inclusive, campus environment for the Neurologically divergent and is open to all UVU students, faculty, staff, and community members with their varying viewpoints, goals, concerns, affiliations, methods of activism, and interpretations of the neurodiversity paradigm.
About this blog
This blog has been created by The NDC at UVU in the spirit intercultural listening, and we emphasize both the right to self-determination and the importance of advocating for marginalized groups. We believe in the power of empathy, the responsibility to listen, and the need to let individuals be who they are.
We recognize that Autism is only one form of Neurodivergence. However, due to the Autism Initiative at UVU most of our contributors either identify as being on the Autism Spectrum, or have areas of study that relate closely to Autism (ie, Autism Studies, BCBA, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education). We further acknowledge that the Autism Spectrum covers a broad range of experiences and ability levels. The experiences and opinions shared here cannot possibly represent the full range of that spectrum, but rather represent the age and level of Autism the student body are likely to interact with during their time here at UVU.
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