During Autism Awareness Month, I spoke with a group of men and women who say, once they became adults, they were ejected from the national conversation about Autism. They raised questions about funding, the lack of resources and services available to adults on the Autism spectrum. They also informed me about what they call a new “civil rights movement” that seeks to bring support, awareness, and justice to people who consider themselves a minority group with a brain that just works differently, as opposed to considering themselves patients suffering from a disease.
The concept of neurodiversity, as referring to people with this and other neurological disorders, has gained traction since Jim Sinclair, founder of the Autism Network International, coined it in 1993. People who are not neurodiverse are refered to as neurotypical. I first heard the word from Eve Hinson, Founder of American Badass Advocates in an email she sent ABC10, criticizing the leading Autism awareness campaigns.