The neurodiversity community was envisioned as an inclusive and welcoming space for individuals with neurological conditions such as ADHD, autism, Tourette’s Syndrome, giftedness, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, intellectual disability, NVLD and related diagnoses. The underlying premise of neurodiversity is that people present with various neurological differences and there is value in acknowledging and accepting these differences. Despite efforts made over the past few decades, a growing number of individuals within the neurodiversity community, including people of color, have called for intersectional concepts to be more intentionally and more effectively interwoven into neurodiversity as a whole. Referencing “I, Too,” a decades-old poem from legendary African American poet Langston Hughes, this article highlights the crucial need for anti-racism in the neurodiversity movement via analysis of specific microaggressions directed toward neurodivergent individuals of color during a recent international neurodiversity summit and calls upon White allies to commit to taking concrete action toward dismantling the racism within neurodiversity. Keywords: Neurodiversity, Race, Autism, People of Color, Intersectionality
Giwa Onaiwu, Morénike
"I, Too, Sing Neurodiversity,"
Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture: Vol. 2:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/ought/vol2/iss1/10
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