I’ve been learning a lot about myself over the past year. I have made an effort to be more self aware, so I’ve been noticing more about the things I find difficult, rather just pushing through without thinking about how I could get through better. I’ve been observing my reactions to things, and seeing patterns in my responses to stress, stimulus and overwhelm. It’s been amazing to gain self understanding that helps me live well, and helps me be in the community more instead of hiding at home feeling like I can’t do things.
Neurodivergence is “having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”” (quote from Nick Walker’s blog)
That does not mean that to be neurodivergent is uncommon, just that the dominant societal stand of normal is different than what you are.
A while back I wrote an article about my experience when The Mighty approached me requesting to republish one of my blog posts, and it has experienced a surge in views recently as the social media reaction to The Mighty amongst disabled advocates and activists has played out.
TW: some readers will find the content of this article distressing. It references stories of abuse of disabled children within educational settings.
Inclusion is a bit of a buzz word, I guess. It is thrown around to assure everyone that schools are supportive and understanding of students with extra support needs. But the reality of attending school as a Neurodivergent person is a bit more complicated than being told you are included.
In conversation with an old high school friend I was asked about my thoughts on inclusion in the classroom. I responded that answering that would take me some time and I would get back to him. I had been thinking a lot about this, as during 2014 both MasterL and MissG left mainstream schooling, opting to do their learning at home.