What Being Autistic Taught Me About Being Human | Daniel Wendler | TEDxBend
Daniel Wendler grew up bullied, lonely, and awkward because of his diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a condition on the autism spectrum. But when he started reaching out to other “outsiders”, he discovered that he was not alone in his search for friendship and that the solution to our human need for connection can be found when we create a place of belonging for someone else. Daniel Wendler is the author of the books Improve Your Social Skills and Level Up Your Social Life as well as the website ImproveYourSocialSkills.com. Wendler’s commitment to help others find social success was born from his own search for connection. With Wendler’s quirky personality and awkward behavior, his childhood was full of rejection, bullying, and loneliness. After he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Wendler began teaching himself social skills from the ground up. When he then started reaching out to other “outsiders”, he discovered he was not alone in his search for connection, and that the best way to find a place to belong was to create that place for someone else. Today, as an author, speaker, and clinical psychology doctoral candidate at George Fox University, he works to help others make that same discovery. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Human Neurodiversity Should Be Celebrated, Not Treated as a Disorder | Op-Ed | NowThis
One in 59 children are identified with autism spectrum disorders and millions of children have been diagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. — yet psychologist Devon MacEachron, PhD believes that there is too little attention given to enabling people with neurologically different minds. “Neurological differences like autism or ADHD are considered to be dysfunctional, disorders, and disabilities under the medical model of mental health,” she explained. “When most of us think of diversity, we think of things like race or sexual orientation. But there’s a different kind of diversity you might not know about: neurodiversity.” Neurodiversity is the concept that neurological differences among people should be recognized and respected, and Dr. MacEachron thinks it’s time for this movement to take off. “Neurodiversity is a part of our genetics and our evolution as a species,” she explained. “The genes for autism and ADHD are not errors, but rather the result of variations in the human genome that have and will continue to have advances for society.” Dr. MacEachron’s vision is for a neurodiversity-tolerant and accepting society that celebrates people’s differences, rather than antagonizing them. Instead of changing to fit other people’s ideas of normal, children who are wired a bit differently should be encouraged to find their place in the world where they feel they fit.
Neurodiversity: an untapped resource for future inventors | Shawn Brown | TEDxTruro
Is the way we educate young people with learning differences stifling the innovators, problem solvers and inventors of the future? Shawn Brown explores how Neurodiversity is linked to innovation, yet widely overlooked in our education system. Shawn is an award winning engineer, designer and maker of things. He’s also dyslexic and an experienced dyslexia adviser; having trained numerous organisations to provide effective dyslexia support. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Educating a neurodiverse world | Brian Kinghorn | TEDxTeachersCollege
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What kind of world would we have if we all realized what kind of mind we had and began appreciating it? What if we did the same for others? In this talk, Brian Kinghorn champions the cause of Neurodiversity, arguing that there is not just one “standard-issue” brain. Having an Autism Spectrum diagnosis, Ph. D. candidate Brian Kinghorn advocates for greater understanding and acceptance, and reminds us that different does not have to mean less. Brian R. C. Kinghorn is pursuing a doctorate in Measurement & Evaluation at Teachers College, Columbia University. Kinghorn holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Arcadia University and an M.A. in Statistics from Columbia University. Besides scholarly pursuits and philosophical debate, Brian enjoys Mindfulness Meditation and is an Aikido practitioner.
Oliver Sacks on Autism – “Rage For Order”
Oliver Sacks – Mind Traveler: Features the artist Jesse Park. Oliver Sacks explores the existential aspects of autism and attempts to describe the different perspective with which people with this condition view the world around them and the implications it has in interpreting the social behavior and intentions of others.
Oliver Sacks on Tourette’s Syndrome – Shane
The neurologist Oliver Sacks talks about Tourette Syndrome. Features Shane Fistell. Tourette’s is a neurological disorder that causes motor and vocal tics which vary considerably between individuals and also impulsive behaviours and reduced inhibition (and filtering) of thoughts, movements and sensory input. This may lead to a rapidity and expansiveness of thought processes and reduced reaction times. Obsessions and compulsions are a consistent feature of TS and may involve thoughts, speech and movements such as touchings or evening things up and counting. This portrayal provides a sensitive and insightful perspective – a welcome and more representational alternative to the often simplistic stereotypical media depiction of the disorder which has been responsible for much misunderstanding and distress to sufferers.
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Wired: The Fully Immersive Mind of Oliver Sacks by Steve Silberman
Watch this Oliver Sacks interview from 1989
“The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” spoke with Sacks in 1989. Joanna Simon asked him how he would like to be remembered in 100 years:
“I would like it to be thought that I had listened carefully to what patients and others have told me,” he said, “that I’ve tried to imagine what it was like for them, and that I tried to convey this. And, to use a biblical term, “he bore witness.”