A brief history of “Neurodiversity” as a concept and perhaps a movement

Laurence Arnold


This article was cropped from a longer paper that was rejected for publication in this journal, however the history of ”neurodivesity” from the perspective of one who was at the beginnings of the term’s usage as a battle cry and flag of convenience is a worthwhile counter to some of the misinformation in the public domain

The article considers some of the differences between the ideas progress in the US and the UK.


Autism; Neurodiversity


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