Sunday, April 21, 2013

‘Neurodiversity’: Steve Silberman explains origin

Steve Silberman explains the origin of the term “neurodiversity” in an informative essay for Wired:
“In a radical stroke, [sociologist Judy Singer] hoped to shift the focus of discourse about atypical ways of thinking and learning away from the usual litany of deficits, disorders, and impairments. Echoing positive terms like biodiversity and cultural diversity, her neologism called attention to the fact that many atypical forms of brain wiring also convey unusual skills and aptitudes.”

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