About the Author
My name is Michelle. I’m also known on the Internet as anomalapropos. I’m a 33-year-old queer disabled woman living in Ontario, Canada. I’m neurodivergent (autistic and ADHD), and this blog is meant to host my writing (thoughts, ideas, creative works, and research) on the general topic of neurodiversity and disability.
Inevitably, though, I have wider thoughts about what I believe justice looks like, so I also talk about other political ideas that intersect with disability. I might talk about my disdain for punitive justice and desire for transformative justice; or I might talk about power dynamics and what autonomy means.
Many of the articles I’ve written were originally published on the NeuroClastic site, which is a blog that hosts articles, videos, and creative endeavours from more than 200 autistic contributors.
I also host a personal site at anomalapropos.wordpress.com.
About the Blog
NeuroInsurgent is a personal blog written for neurodivergent people and those who love and care for them.
What does “neurodivergent” mean?
In plain language, a neurodivergent person is someone whose brain is atypical. Most people have brains that work in a particular way; a neurodivergent brain works differently.
Sometimes a different brain can be helpful, like when someone can see a point-of-view that no one else has thought about. Sometimes a different brain can be harmful, like when someone has a hard time staying focused.
What is a “neurodiversity paradigm”?
NeuroInsurgent prescribes to a neurodiversity paradigm.
A paradigm is a way of seeing the world. The neurodiversity paradigm sees different brains as normal. The same way that humans are biodiverse (different skin, eyes, hair, weights, heights, sexualities, etc.), we also are also neurodiverse (different brains).
Human beings can be afraid of what they don’t understand, and differences in people have been seen as something to cure or change.
While many neurodivergent people do still need help from doctors, I believe that, in an ideal world, we wouldn’t need medication or therapies that are meant to cure or change. But we don’t live in that ideal world just yet.
What is the “Neurodiversity Movement”?
The Neurodiversity Movement is a group of neurodivergent activists and their allies (people who understand our vision for an ideal world) who try to teach others about what we think are the best accommodations for our differences.
The point of the movement is to allow everyone to act in the way that is most natural for them. If it is very hard for a person to talk, and it is very easy for you to read, it makes sense that that person should be allowed to write instead of talk!
What are “accommodations”?
Accommodations are changes we can make so that everyone can have the same opportunities.
A ramp is an accommodation for people who can’t use stairs. A ramp gives people who need to use a wheelchair (or who can’t go up and down stairs for different reasons) the same chance as people who can use the stairs.
Accommodations for neurodivergent people can be extra time on tests in school, or can be using an iPad to type what they want to say instead of speaking out loud.
What are the core values of NeuroInsurgent?
NeuroInsurgent is all about autonomy and authenticity.
Autonomy means having the ability to make your own choices. I want to know what all of the different choices are, and I want to be able to make choices by myself. I don’t want other people telling me what to do.
Authenticity means being yourself. After I know what all of the choices are, I want to pick the ones that help me be the best “me,” even if that means that I look different from most people. I don’t want other people telling me who to be.
I’d like to share that journey so that other neurodivergent people can live their best lives, too.