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Supporting Neurodiverse Learners

Neurodiversity is a social and cultural concept, not a diagnosis. 


What is neurodiversity?


  • Neurodiversity and Autism Rights
    • The neurodiversity movement advocates to expand the definition of normal and acceptable to include individuals with autism and other cognitive or neurological impairments. This article introduces the concept of the neurodiversity movement and briefly explains the history of neurodiversity movement. 
  • Armstrong, Thomas. The Myth of the Normal Brain: Embracing Neurodiversity. AMA Journal of Ethics, 2015
    • There is no set standard of comparing the human brain. Studies suggest that a more judicious approach to treating mental disorders would be to replace a “disability” or “illness” paradigm with a “diversity” perspective that takes into account both strengths and weaknesses and the idea that variation can be positive in and of itself.
  • Neurodiversity in the Library: One Librarian's Experience​ by Alice Eng
    • The literature about neurodiversity and libraries is heavily skewed toward libraries accommodating neurodivergent patrons. There is little written about librarians who are neurodivergent and their professional experiences. In this interview, Charlie Remy, an academic librarian who has autism, discusses his autism, his professional experience, and what others can do to create a more inclusive neurodiverse profession.