Communication Differences Are Not Deficits

Thinking about neurodiverse people as a cultural group, rather than as being disabled by their neurotype.

When we accept that we have different communication modes, and then each does our best to meet the other person halfway, we learn about each other and how to best facilitate effective communication.

The majority demands we adapt to the dominant culture while they do very little, if anything, to accommodate the rest of us.

This is rooted in ableism, the presumption that because it’s the statistical majority, it must also be superior.

The responsibility is on us to change and adapt our way of interacting, so that those belonging to the dominant culture are made comfortable and do not have to compromise.

OK, new rule: If you’re going to discriminate against people, you only get to pick one reason. You have to pick which identity you’re discriminating against, and you have to leave the rest alone. If you’re going to be a bigot, at least be specific.

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Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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