Neurodiversity is Diversity
The winter 2022 issue of Liberal Education magazine, published by the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) includes a feature article by Landmark College Professor of Psychology Solvegi Shmulsky (pictured right) that explores the origins and applications of the term "neurodiversity" as it relates to discussions about cultural, ethnic, and gender diversity, among other forms.
"Coined by sociologist Judy Singer in 1999, neurodiversity refers to the idea that all brains function differently and that this diversity is natural and beneficial for our species," writes Shmulsky. "In this paradigm, neurodiversity is a stable part of human diversity that should be accepted and valued, not a set of pathologies to be cured. The umbrella term is popular among students for its positive perspective on difference."
Professor Shmulsky shares insights from some of her Landmark College colleagues and students in the article as she explores what neurodiversity means and why some are critical of the term. She also offers concrete examples of how one can approach inclusivity in classrooms or other settings.