Neurodiversity is an evolving inclusive paradigm of the diversity of human minds.
This paradigm recasts the experiences of neurodivergent people—those whose cognitive styles (e.g., Takiwātanga/Autism, ADHD, Plurality, Dyslexia, Stuttering) differ from presumed common or neurotypical forms of cognition—as neurodivergences rather than as disorders. Neurodivergent communities have been developing this paradigm since the late 1990s to achieve justice-seeking goals such as resisting ableism (i.e., implicit and explicit forms of discrimination against disabled people). However, neurodivergent communities around the world still encounter systemic dehumanization in science and society because dominating theories and narratives continue to pathologize neurodivergence. Hence, my project aims to explore emancipatory philosophical and practical approaches for understanding neurodiversity with globally-informed neurodivergent networks as we advocate for our human rights as neurodivergent and disabled people.
Together, we will attempt to answer this question: How can emancipatory narratives heal us from public and scientific artefacts that stifle neurodiversity such as eugenics, psychiatric classifications, and behaviourism?
- Marie Adrienne Robles Manalili, researcher at City, University of London and member of the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists
- Direct collaboration with global neurodivergent and grassroots communities will foster nuanced opportunities to learn how community members self-identify and conceptualise neurodivergence. Given the emancipatory aims of my project, it is clear that understanding a variety of personal and collective perspectives is not only useful but also vital in uncovering genuine grassroots knowledge of neurodiversity as a conceptual tool for understanding humanity.
Results to date
The results of this intersectional transdisciplinary research initiative are being published by the Autistic Collaboration Trust, and inform the professional education services we provide to the healthcare sector, the education sector, governments, and private sector organisations.
Curated via Google Scholar:
|Epistemology of Monolingual Bias|
|Ableist Ideologies Stifle Neurodiversity and Hinder Inclusive Education|
Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture 3 (1), 22-36
|Neurodiversity, Networks, and Narratives: Exploring Intimacy and Expressive Freedom in the Time of Covid‐19|
K Betts, L Creechan, R Cawkwell, I Finn‐Kelcey, CJ Griffin, A Hagopian, …
Social Inclusion 11 (1)
|Developmental Language Disorder is Psycholinguistic Injustice: Tagalog Knowledge From a Philippine Context|
|The Evidential Value and Pitfalls of Extant Language Development Research Methods|
|Towards causal explanations of language mechanisms behind emotion development|
|Interaction Patterns and Language Teaching Strategies Exhibited by Parents in Two Filipino Parent-Toddler Dyads|
H Bayona, I Bondoc, MAR Manalili, J Marzan, P Mascarinas, B Sicat
University of the Philippines Manila
Work in progress
The Neurodiversity Discussion Group at Cognitive Science Society
Relevant domains and disciplines
Dis/ability Critical Race Studies (DisCrit)
Critical Neurodiversity Studies
Science and Technology Studies
Critical Medical Humanities
Philosophy of Science