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Neurodiversity World Awareness Day

June 16th is Neurodiversity World Awareness Day! It is a global event celebrated each year to raise awareness about neurodiversity and promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with different neurological conditons. Neurodivergency refers to the idea that neurological differences, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia and others, are natural variations of the human brain and should be recognized and respected.

The origins of Neurodiversity World Awareness Day can be traced back to the neurodiversity movement which emerged in the late 1990’s to challenge the medical model of disability and promote a more inclusive and accepting view of neurodivergent individuals. The movement emphasizes the strengths and talents of neurodivergent individuals and advocates for their rights and equal opportunities in all aspects of life.

On this day, various organizations and advocates come together to educate the public about neurodiveristy and challenge the stigma and discrimination often faced by neurodivergent individuals. The goal is to promote understanding and celebrate the unique abilities and perspectives that neurodivergent individuals bring to society. By raising awareness and challenging stereotypes, we can create a more inclusive and welcome society for all.

The Medicine Hat public library is hosting a support group on June 15th from 1-2pm for parents and caregivers of neurodivergent children and on June 8th from 11-12pm for neurodivergent young adults (18+).

Check out the Medicine Hat Autism Society on Facebook for information on upcoming activities.

Sources

  1. Baldwin, S.E., & Costley, D. (2016). The experiences and needs of neurodiverse individuals in higher education:An international perspective. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 20(12), 1250-1268.
  2. Kapp, S.K., Gillespie-Lynch, K., Sherman, L. E., & Hutman, T. (2013). Deficit, difference, or both? Autism and neurodiveristy. Developmental Psychology, 49(1), 59-71
  3. Neurodiveristy World. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.neurodiversity-world.org/awareness-day/

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