Neurodiverse Language Evolution!

 So, I have seen this term batted around social media, in the street, and used by people who do not really understand what Neurodiversity is. The term that I am talking about is Neuro Divergent. So let me give you the download for this term.

Neurodiversity covers a wide range of conditions including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Autism to name a few. (the notable point is that under the term autism many other conditions exist like Aspergers). Those who do not have a Neuro Diverse condition are called Neuro Typical. Neuro Diversity is simply people whose brains think differently. If you are of a certain age you will remember Rain Man and if your not of my age you would think about shows like The Good Doctor which emphasizes neurodiversity. The "normal" term for those people with any one of these conditions is neurodiverse or neurodiversity.

However, as we have seen in all facets language changes. An example of this is the Q being added to the LGBTQ acronym. The Q stands for queer. Some people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community have taken back that word and are proud to use it whereas other people who always knew queer as a negative term do not use it. It is the same with Neurodiverse and Neurodivergent.

Some people in the Neurodiverse community fully embrace the term neurodivergent. When I am having a good day, you can call me divergent all day. I link that work to the movie franchise and consider myself Tris. I like to think I am a zip lining, building jumping hero from dauntless all day!! If I have a bad day however it is never a good idea to call me divergent. Divergent has a negative connotation to it where people feel they are being negatively stereotyped into the idea of what an autistic person is or what a dyslexic is and it can make them feel under-appreciated. 

Language evolves but it does not mean everyone is happy with the evolution. To those Neurotypical people out there who are using the term neurodivergent please make sure that the person your speaking with is ok with that term. If you are not sure then use neurodiverse. It is better to be safe than sorry. You do not want to offend someone for using the wrong words.


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