Exploring the Neurodiversity Paradigm (World Autism Awareness Week)

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'Neurodiversity' is a concept first introduced by Judy Singer in 1998, and popularised by journalist, Harvey Blume. Under the concept of neurodiversity, neurological diversity is considered to be another kind of diversity, which should be respected in a diverse and inclusive society. However, what do we mean by 'neurodiversity'? Which 'conditions' may be considered ' as examples of neurodiversity? Is there a conflict between disability and diversity when considering the neurodiversity paradigm? and How do neurodiverse individuals navigate a world designed for and by neurotypical individuals? In this lecture, the topics above will be considered, using autism as the archetypal example of neurodiversity.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to the concept of neurodiversity.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • understand what is meant by 'neurodiversity'.
  • present one argument for the concept of neurodiversity
  • present one argument against the concept of neurodiversity.
  • list one of the advantages of considering neurodiversity in the workplace.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This is an interactive lecture, so access to the internet will be required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Exploring the Neurodiversity Paradigm (World Autism Awareness Week)


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