Motivations – Why?
- Give primacy to the voices – and other ways of expressions for those who do not speak – of neurodivergent people.
- 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.
- 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.
- Highlight that there are many different learning styles and that education and parenting needs to be moulded around individual preferences and sensory needs.
- Show the diversity among neurodivergent people and that neurodivergent traits are often hidden.
- Show that neurodiversity is as old as life on Earth and nothing new.
- Show that neurodivergent people are at greater risk of trauma in a toxic society / sensory environment.
- Illustrate the shortcomings of ‘standard models’ of human development and related theories that are assumed to be universally applicable.
- Illustrate the number of neurodivergent people across all professions and the urgency for cultural change and acceptance.
- Present the discovery of individual neurodivergence as a positive journey and profound learning experience.
Audiences – For whom?
- Members of the public with no/limited/distorted understanding of neurodiversity
- People who are neurodivergent but currently not aware of the fact
- People who suspect that they may be neurodivergent
- People who have recently received a specific diagnosis
- People who question their specific diagnosis
Content – What?
- Segments about what neurodivergent people actually do in ‘real’ life.
- 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.
- Interviews of critical and/or neurodivergent psychiatrists and psychologists.
- 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.
- Discussion of autistic and neurodivergent styles of collaboration.
- Teasing apart individual cognitive differences from traumatic experiences and corresponding coping mechanisms.
- Talking about neurodivergent parents raising neurodivergent children in neurodiversity friendly ways.
- Illustrating the journey of discovering neurodiversity and autistic community.
- 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’?
- Interviews of autistic and otherwise neurodivergent medical professionals.
- Examples of peer-to-peer support and advocacy organisations that have fully embraced the neurodiversity paradigm and that reject the use of pathologising language.