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Neurodiversity Celebration Week: ADHD/dyslexia/autism/dyspraxia-not a disability

Mar 18, 2021, Hippocratic Post: This week is Neurodiversity Celebration Week (Mar 15 to 21)

Video slides: Neurodiversity: It takes all kinds of different minds ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Dyspraxia Did you know what about 20% of people are neurodivergent? In fact, many actors, singers and celebrities are dyslexic, dyspraxic, autistic or have ADHD. This is followed by multiple photos of singers, actors, an astronaut—lots of famous/successful people. Business Magnate/Founder of Virgin Group/Philanthropist Richard Branson: “I see my condition as a gift, not a disability.” Others are quoted: Actress/Model Cara Delevingne: “Don’t worry, be happy. Embrace your weirdness.” Actor Daniel Radcliffe: “It has never held me back. Some of the smartest people I know are people who have learning disabilities.” Musician, songwriter Florence and the Machine: “We dyspraxics think in a different way. I’m very proud to be dyspraxic.” Climate activist Greta Thunberg: “Since I was different, I see the world from a different perspective. I see things very black and white.” Naturalist/television presenter Chris Packham: “I didn’t know it at the time, but my Asperger’s got me an early break on a kids wildlife show. I had something my peers didn’t and it was a vast encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world.” Actor/producer/director Anthony Hopkins: “I definitely look at people differently. I like to deconstruct, to pull a character apart, to work out what makes them tick and my view will not be the same as everyone else.” The video continues with speakers like the young man described as “autistic future entomologist.” “My name is Quincy, I’m 17 and I am autistic and I’m from Colorado. …I am interested in biological sciences and looking to pursue a career in entomology. The best part about having autism is being able to look at stuff from a different perspective and figure out solutions to problems that nobody else saw, because being the same is boring.” A variety of people were also included with impressive job titles, everything from a professor, a financial services management consultant, an author, many described as autistic. “I realized I’m different, and there’s a value in my difference.” “Autism isn’t a fault, it’s a variant. It’s potentially a major advantage.” “What I love about being autistic is the objectivity it gives me.” The video ended: “It takes all kinds of different minds.”


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