However, there can still be a great rift between ones difference being accepted and ones needs being met by wider society, government care and educational policy. Many people are doing good work towards this end but equally many people are still not receiving the help and support they need. This is work in progress….
The primary area of our care and getting our needs met is at home within the family. All of us have a basic need to be accepted for who and what we are. Those among us with a level of neuro diversity require a greater level of tolerance, patience and understanding of where our abilities are limited. This acceptance of difference will allow the individual to flourish as best they can and to genuinely feel loved.
A therapy programme like Brainbuzzz offers those with neuro diversity an opportunity to add to, or expand their personal neurological profile. Does this mean we are being intolerant of the way that they are? Does it mean that we think they are less of a person than ‘the rest’ of us who do not appear to have the same difficulties? Does it mean we think everyone should be the same? Or that society should not accept neuro-diversity or meet the needs of these people?
Of course it does not mean any of these things. In my experience, a person with neuro-diversity does not lose any of their individuality. They do not lose their personal strengths and specialised skills. What I have seen from the Brainbuzzz programme is individuals gaining greater abilities to cope in the ‘normal’ world which makes them feel stronger and happier. This personal sense of equality is very empowering. There will always be differences between people and this is to be cherished. Appreciation of our differences is what expands our scope and wisdom as a community and race.
Surely we all deserve (as much as possible) to have the resources for our brains not to freeze/lock up when we try to read, write or do maths. We all deserve to feel reasonably at ease in a busy environment rather than the stress and overload to our senses tip us into a meltdown. We all deserve to have sufficient balance, sense of ourselves and our position in space that we can stand still without falling over. These are the simplest types of abilities that most of us take for granted but are a struggle for some of those with neuro-diversity issues.
My feeling is that the levels of independence and confidence a person can gain, greatly improves their experience of life. Surely this enables more individuality than continuing to have greater needs for care and dependency.
Neurological diversity as the name suggests, takes many different forms. It also refers to many levels of severity. It even suggests that there is a neurological ‘norm’ that has been diverted from. I do not really think there is such a thing as ‘neuro-typical’ but I accept that some of us appear to be more ‘neuro-typical‘ than others. However we really are, all just somewhere on a sliding scale.
In actual fact we are all altering our own neuro-diversity all the time with the activities we do and the things we chose to specialise in. Our brains are constantly being rewired in response to the actions and activities we perform. That is how we get better at things with practice. It is actually the most natural thing under the sun. All we are doing with the Brainbuzzz programme is re-honing the most basic skills that are normally laid down very early on in our lives.
There is nothing to say we shouldn’t learn to speak another language later in life, or learn to swim or play a musical instrument, just because we didn’t achieve it while we were really younger. Why should these skills be any different, in actual fact, I would say they are probably easier and more natural than many skills we learn later in life, although they do still require commitment and discipline. Let us feel free to use our neuro-plasticity in whatever way will be most fulfilling for us to lead full and happy lives.