for parents, caregivers, educators and managers
gain the knowledge and skills to support the neurodivergent people in your life
If you’re confused about neurodiversity and neurodivergence, you’re not alone.
As the neurodiversity and disability movements continue to rise, it’s easy to get lost in misinformation. I’m here to help.
In my work as an university instructor and neurodiversity advocate, I’ve applied the neurodiversity paradigm, deep empathy, and research to coach and mentor countless neurodivergent people, their loved ones, the professionals who support them, and the companies who employ them.
Who is this for?
For parents, caregivers, educators and managers—anyone who supports a neurodivergent person or people.
support your neurodivergent loved ones
support your neurodivergent employees
support your neurodivergent students
For parents, families and caregivers
I’ll help you and your neurodivergent loved ones navigate common challenges like meltdowns, executive functioning, burnout, sensory overwhelm, advocacy, accommodations, and school and career planning.
I’ll work with your line managers and teams to equip you to better support your neurodivergent employees.
I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about neurodivergence and neurodiversity, and will provide you with the knowledge, resources, and strategies you need to support and advocate for the disabled and neurodivergent people in your company or workplace.
To fully include and support neurominorities you must know the neurodiversity paradigm. My bespoke neurodiversity trainings are universally designed to equip parents, educators, caregivers, and managers with the knowledge and skills to support the neurominorities in their lives.
Learn about the neurodiversity paradigm from an experienced advocate who has worked with many Autistic and nonautistic professionals.
I’ll work with you and/or your teaching staff to equip you to better support your neurodivergent students, answer any and all questions, present different neurotypes, explain terminology, and share resources to promote continued self-learning.
“Bernard has everything a great coach needs. The combination of their instincts, education, lived experiences, and their ability to ask questions so the client understands their own needs, all make Bernard exceptional. Our conversations leave me feeling thankful and hopeful.“
“The Slippery Rock University community had the honor of welcoming Bernard Grant to speak on a virtual panel regarding the disparate impacts of COVID-19. A neurodiversity champion, Bernard spoke of their own experiences during the pandemic and their expertise being an autism personal coach. The university community greatly benefited from Bernard’s thoughtful insights and contributions, highlighting autistic and neurodivergent experiences and voices.”
The neurodiverity paradigm
Neurodiversity, short for neurological diversity, is all human minds. This framework highlights variances in human neurology that shape each person’s thinking and behavior styles. Neurodiversity is a biological fact that stems from biodiversity, the variety of all life on Earth.
All humans have neurology, so neurodiversity includes all humans. Which means all humans are neurodiverse, that everyone thinks differently, as each person’s neurology develops based on their unique genetics, their environments, and the experiences they have within those environments.
Neuro means “nerve” — the nervous system. Diversity means “variety” and is the measure of a given variable within a population. If skin, eye, and hair colors, body sizes, gender identities, and sexual and religious orientations are forms of diversity, then so is human neurology.
The neurodiversity paradigm recognizes the reality that some cognitive styles are typical (neurotypical/neuromajority) while others diverge from typicality (neurotypicality).
The neurodiversity movement
Neurodivergent means a person’s cognitive style diverges from the neurotypical mainstream. Society medicalizes and marginalizes neurominorities, pathologizes us as disordered and in need of correction.
Under the neurodiversity paradigm, divergent minds are not “disordered”, a subjective value judgement with no biological basis.
Neurodiversity is a vital form of human diversity that, when accepted, internalized, and applied, provides a model of living free of judgement while fueling the neurodiversity movement, a civil rights movement that challenges the ableism, discrimination, and social inequality society imposes on neurological minorities.
Diversity fosters stability. By viewing neurodivergences as natural variations in human cognition, a logical way of viewing human minds, the neurodiversity paradigm opposes the pathology paradigm to dismantle oppressive social dynamics that harm neurominorities, creating a world in which all humans can live authentic lives.
Note: The DSM’s “diagnostic” criteria for Autists is a list of neuromajority psychological projections.
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