Neurodiversity Training

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 answer any and all questions, present different neurotypes, explain terminology, and share resources to promote continued self-learning.

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Bernard Grant

Learn the Neurodiversity Paradigm.

Neurodiversity, short for neurological diversity, is the diversity of human minds, variances in human neurology that shape each person’s thinking and behavior. Neurodiversity is a biological fact that stems from biodiversity: 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 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).

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, 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.  

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Note: The DSM’s “diagnostic” criteria for Autists is a list of neuromajority psychological projections.

 

 

    “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.”

     

    Natalie Drozda, Ph.D., LPC

    Assistant Professor at Slipper Rock University

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    Bernard