Introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm

Intensity: 3 hours

Education about the neurodiversity paradigm and intersectionality is not the same as education about neurodiversity. It answers an important question:

How does the mindset and language of the new paradigm differ from the language in the old paradigm?


  1. Motivation
  2. Terminology
  3. The social model of disability
  4. Dimensions of divergence from neuronormativity
  5. Intersectionality
  6. Autistic ways of being and the LGBTQIA+ kaleidoscope
  7. Autistic ways of being and ADHD ways of being
  8. The communal definition of Autistic ways of being / Takiwātanga
  9. Anthropological background
  10. Exposing the cultural bias of normality
  11. The role of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  12. Transdisciplinary understanding of human learning and wellbeing
  13. The connection between neurodiversity and creativity
  14. Ableism and lived experience
  15. Frequently asked questions

Learning resources

  1. Videos and related course notes
  2. Comprehension quiz
  3. A dedicated Q&A workspace for collective learning in a safe anonymous environment is made available separately for each cohort

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