June 12, 2017

Last week I led a discussion group on “Autism & Neurodiversity.” It was an incredible experience, because by the end of the evening, I felt like everyone there totally got what neurodiversity means, and why it matters. And they made me feel like I had done something beautiful and important by sharing it with them. I hope, over time, to do more of that.

To start, here are some of the questions that came up in the discussion. Some were posed by me, and some by others. In the weeks ahead, I’ll share some of the answers on this page

“What is neurodiversity?”
“What is autism?”
“Why is neurodiversity important to autistics in particular?”
“How did you find out you’re autistic?”
“How did your diagnosis affect you?”
“How did your family react?”
“What does it look like for autistics and non-autistics to show love to one another in situations where their needs conflict?”
“If autism is a spectrum, where do you draw the line between autistic and non-autistic?”
“Is it a good idea to look for a cure for autism?”
“How can non-autistics be more supportive toward autistics?”
“Why is the idea of neurodiversity not well known?”

I always welcome more questions! 🙂

P.S. I write from my personal experience as an autistic. What I share is not a substitute for advice from an autistic medical professional. Also, some of my opinions have changed since I first wrote them.