Neuro/Diversities


Neuro/Diversities is a project which creates space for young, neurodiverse people aged 14 to 30 to discuss their needs and points of view on the topics of sex education, sexual abuse prevention, safe spaces and acceptance sexual diversity, gender plurality and neurodiversity.

 

Neurodiversity?

The idea of neurodiversity is the recognition of, and respect for, the diversity of human brains and ways of thinking¹. Most of the participants of the Neuro/Diversities project identify as autistic (or Autistic), Aspergers, or neuroatypical. Neurodiversity also includes ADHD, learning disabilities, schizophrenia, and Tourette’s Syndrome, amongst other things.

 

¹WALKER, Nick (2013). Neuro-What? Page consulted on the 15th of August 2017: http://neurocosmopolitanism.com/neuro-what/

 

By and For

The Neuro/Diversities project is a project led by neurodivergent people for neurodivergent people. The project aims to function in a collaborative and accessible way in order to allow everyone who wants to participate to do so.

 

The participants of the Neuro/Diversities project are the ones who set the direction for the project and its activities. For example, this summer (2018), there were weekly meetings for participants of the project to get together to discuss various themes and to do various activities suggested by those participants coming to the meetings.

 

Here are a few examples of themes and activities from this summer:

 

  • Discussion about pride
  • Discussion about social scripts and scripted language
  • Discussion about appearance and hygiene
  • Discussion about sensory-related things and creation of sensory jars
  • Stim toys show and tell
  • Games night
  • Movie night

 

If you are a young person who is LGBTQIA2S+ and neurodivergent and you have ideas for discussion topics or activities for the project, contact us!

 

The weekly meetings are on pause for the moment, but there will continue to be meetings of the Neuro/Diversities project on a semi-regular basis. If you are interested in participating, please contact us for more information.

You can read the documents created by the participants here:

Neuro/Diversités
 (in French)

Neuro/Diversities (in English)

If you would like to receive some paper copies of the guide, please contact us and specify how many copies you would like and in which languages.

The participants also created videos. You can view them here or on our Youtube page.

 

 

Additional Resources

 

AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit for Autistic Adults and their Primary Care Providers (click here)

All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism (click here)

Autistic Hoya, blog of Lydia X.Z. Brown (click here)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) (click here)

Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (click here)

Colour Communication Badges (click here)

Consent with disabilities checklist and resource (click here)

Neuroqueer: an introduction (click here)

Neurowonderful (click here)

Real Talk: Improving Quality of Sexual Health Care for Patients with Disabilities (click here and here)

Sex on the Brain: Sex and Autism, Mental Illness, and Other Cognitive Diversity, from Scarleteen (click here)

Stickman Communication Tools (click here)

Real Social Skills (click here)

The Queer Autistic (click here)

 

Questions? Support?

If you have questions about the project or you are a LGBTQ+ neurodivergent person (or person who is supporting a LGBTQ+ neurodivergent person) and you need support, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

One-on-one support meetings are also possible.

 

There is also the possibility of organizing trainings for organizations and community groups as well as presenting at conferences, etc.

 

neurodiversites@alterheros.com

 

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