46 thoughts on “Ask an Autistic #19 – What is Neurodiversity?

  1. Your talk of treatment puts me in mind of speculations regarding a gluten-free, casein-free diet to reduce the functional hindrances of autism spectrum disorders. Do you have a view on this?

  2. Yay! The books! They make me so happy! 😀

    Also, there's a great book that helped me called "No Pity" by Joseph P. Shapiro. It's a kind of primer for the Disability Rights Movement. It looks at Disability Culture and its evolution through the (sometimes dark) years, and can help both nondisabled and disabled individuals with the shift in thinking that comes with understanding the spirit of the Disability Rights Movement.

  3. What's your views on autism and education, especially special education. I believe that that autistics especially automatically bright ones get an equal level of education ad advancement as the neurotypicals do. In school, special ed is not that good long term since, speaking from my experience, doesn't help out growth wise. Autistics are not mentally inferior so why does the american education system treat them like they are despite their intelligence ?

  4. Hi Amythest! I absolutely love your videos and as a fellow autistic, and a youtuber (you have many more subscribers than me though) I was wondering if you'd like to collaborate? I completely understand if you don't want to, or if you don't have time or you think it wouldn't fit in with your channel; just wanted to throw the idea out there! 😀

  5. Many autistics on the spectrum are legitimately struggling. Autism isn't someone's entire neurotype; it's clinically defined by the distressing impairments in sensory, communicative, social, developmental, etc. ways. Treating autism, then, just means alleviating the neurological difficulties, just as with any other disorder. I've pretty much recovered from my autistic characteristics, yet I'm still my amazing unique self.

    Yes, cultural and institutional ableism are issues that need to be addressed, but they're not the source of autism-related issues. Many folks on the spectrum feel that their neurological disorder itself is challenging and burdensome, so advising otherwise is analogous to an anti-choicer who thinks adoption/accommodations remove the need for abortion.

    There are plenty of non-shitty scientific treatment/cure-oriented organizations, such as TACA, ASF (“a nonprofit organization supporting autism research premised on the principles that autism has a strong genetic component, that vaccines do not cause autism, and that evidence-based early diagnosis and intervention are critical”), BBRF (who discovered specific genes involved in autism and the fact that oxytocin increases functioning skills in children and adolescents on the spectrum), and CARD (did a treatment trial that resulted in positive outcomes and recovery, 32% of kids in the study no longer met the diagnostic criteria after two years).

    If the neurodiversity movement gains more influence and momentum than the treatment movement, such innovations will be stifled, and (effective, ethical) alleviation from autistic difficulties will be much more scarce.

  6. Amethyst, Thank you so much for doing these videos. You are amazing! I stumbled across a link to this video and I'm definitely sharing. 🙂  Thank you for being a voice for my son & many others!

  7. im british gentleman and 14 in high school some teacher contacted my mom to say i might be autistic its taking so long to get diagnosed

  8. Isn't it a process of nature to try and make things more suitable to their environment? In the case of social survival, 'neurotypicals' are better suited at dealing with the environment then CERTAIN 'neurodivergents/neuroatypicals/etc.' I'm not saying we can't respect some of the wonders of autism and other neurodivergent brains. Their are savants, brilliant scientific minds, and many other things that emerge from these disorders, and a lot of people who think atypically are quite interesting. But in social aspects, a lot of these disorders can cause others to feel uncomfortable, which is a normal reaction based on how their brain works and perceives things, is it not? Socializing is just as much about other people as it is yourself, so it's kinda of silly to ask a group of people to bend and accept your way of expressing yourself, within a social context.

    Perhaps I've missed the point, if that's the case I'm sorry. And I'm not against the movement when it comes to the rights of people who are neurodivergent, and when it comes to accepting that people have different brains. But there is always going to be people who I'm not comfortable with, neurotypical or not. And if they don't change what makes me uncomfortable with them, I'm not going to be comfortable. I won't hate them for it, I won't condemn them, that's silly. But I can't MAKE myself comfortable with them, and if that's asked of me, it's the same thing, just in a different direction.

    I want to elaborate here again that I am not against the movement, nor do I hold any qualms with those who are neurodivergent. And this writing was purely about the disabilities within a social context that CAN (don't always) create problems which cause others to feel uncomfortable. In every other context, ie. Intellectual Expression (Music, Art, other IP), Personal Experience, Beliefs, etc. I believe that there is NO problem with the movement fighting for these things to be looked at without bias because of the persons different brain.

  9. So do you know differences between being in Special Education classes and being "mainstreamed" in regular classes in school? 

  10. I enjoy watching your videos. My dad @AutAth first showed me your videos a few weeks ago. We believe I may be autistic (he has autism and so do my two youngest brothers) however I am not diagnosed. Your videos are very helpful to me.

  11. We need to change the way the world thinks about people with disabilities and not think of them as mistakes that should have been prevented.

  12. Thank you Amythest for publicly educating people of the details of autism and autistic culture. I appreciate the thoroughness of your coverage on autism. Because of your effort into making video collections of information, I will be able to direct people to your page for a general comprehension of autism, especially with the details I am unclear or not confident in presenting. Thanks.

  13. the harry potter books have been moved in the shelf…

    But isn't somehow everyone a little bit neurodivers? Everyone is different from each other and so is the attention, the brain and the personality of the human. So I think saying neurotypical to a group of people is the wrong way…

  14. I added translation captions but it does not processed yet I hope we could see it sooner or later. I still don't know the caption confirming system how it is confirmed by whom and how. I checked twice and I HOPE we could share it to others as well in korea. This is a great idea and I think it needs to be understood many teachers and parents.

  15. Most people are at least one of theses: OCD, depressed, socially anxious, bipolar, ADHD, dyslexic….
    Most of the world is atypical but just try to pretend to be typical.

  16. Thank you for this, I'm Dyslexic and listend to lots on Neurodiversity from that point of view, very interesting to see it from another.

  17. An happy autistic person is first and foremost an autistic person who learned to accept itself as a different being not as a burden for the NT society.

  18. The Current biggest matters for autistics are in my opinion Self loathing/self hatred, lack of support/acceptance/appropriate education and anti-intellectualism.
    Most of the people I've heard wanted a cure while being on the spectrum actually have a sad amount of devastating self hatred.

  19. Thank you for mentioning that not everyone can have the money and resources to get a diagnosis. Sounds like you are okay with self diagnosis. Which I am one! I check a lot of the boxes and relate so much to it. There are some autistic I've met out there who are absolutely against self diagnosis they made me feel terrible.

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