ON NEURO DIVERSITY
Season: 1 / Episode: 9
In this episode, you’ll hear the story of Asma Ahmed. She’s a clinical psychologist based in Karachi, Pakistan who’s an active member of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Welfare Trust.
Asma works intensely with children and people with autism and their families. She’s extremely passionate about creating inclusive environments at school, in the workplace, and in society. Against this backdrop, we dive into the topic of neurodiversity, including understanding what neurodiversity means, and ways to create more support structures, reduce stigma, and accommodate people to improve lives. This includes challenging our own assumptions about what’s normal, what’s necessary, and what’s desirable for a person to live well.
Further Readings on the topic of neurodiversity
- Doyle, N., & McDowall, A. (2021). Diamond in the rough? An “empty review” of research into “neurodiversity” and a road map for developing the inclusion agenda. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An international Journal.
- author Nancy Doyle is also the founder and Chief Research Officer at Genius Within, a social enterprise focused on supporting neurodiversity and neurominorities
- Silberman, S. (2015). Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently. Avery/Penguin.
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