Neurodiversity Doco Realisation

Motivations – Why?

  1. Give primacy to the voices – and other ways of expressions for those who do not speak – of neurodivergent people.
  2. Show that the notion of neurotypical corresponds to ‘behaviour that meets cultural expectations’ and that these expectations vary greatly from one culture to the next.
  3. Highlight that there are many different ways of communicating and collaborating, and that the practices within mainstream cultures may be profoundly disabling and unhealthy for some people.
  4. Highlight that there are many different learning styles and that education and parenting needs to be moulded around individual preferences and sensory needs.
  5. Show the diversity among neurodivergent people and that neurodivergent traits are often hidden.
  6. Show that neurodiversity is as old as life on Earth and nothing new.
  7. Show that neurodivergent people are at greater risk of trauma in a toxic society / sensory environment.
  8. Illustrate the shortcomings of ‘standard models’ of human development and related theories that are assumed to be universally applicable.
  9. Illustrate the number of neurodivergent people across all professions and the urgency for cultural change and acceptance.
  10. Present the discovery of individual neurodivergence as a positive journey and profound learning experience.

Audiences – For whom?

ND knowledge

  1. Members of the public with no/limited/distorted understanding of neurodiversity
  2. People who are neurodivergent but currently not aware of the fact
  3. People who suspect that they may be neurodivergent
  4. People who have recently received a specific diagnosis
  5. People who question their specific diagnosis

Content – What?

  1. Segments about what neurodivergent people actually do in ‘real’ life.
  2. The history of the concept of neurodivergence, beyond autism and beyond the labels and cultural bias inherent in the DSM, and going back to even earlier times and terminologies.
  3. Interviews of critical and/or neurodivergent psychiatrists and psychologists.
  4. Unique stories of discrimination for simply being yourself and of how to engage with institutions to educate, change practices, and reduce the incidence of such experiences.
  5. Discussion of autistic and neurodivergent styles of collaboration.
  6. Teasing apart individual cognitive differences from traumatic experiences and corresponding coping mechanisms.
  7. Talking about neurodivergent parents raising neurodivergent children in neurodiversity friendly ways.
  8. Illustrating the journey of discovering neurodiversity and autistic community.
  9. Buddy teams (interviewer and camera) in different geographies/cultures that ask people in the streets:
    – How many autistic people do you know?
    – How would you know someone is autistic?
    – Are you aware of any TV/movie characters that are meant to be autistic?
    – Why do you think autism is referred to as a ‘spectrum’?
  10. Interviews of autistic and otherwise neurodivergent medical professionals.
  11. Examples of peer-to-peer support and advocacy organisations that have fully embraced the neurodiversity paradigm and that reject the use of pathologising language.