Words matter: choose them carefully

The words society uses to describe neurodiverse people tells a story. These words are written on reports, they are splashed across posters and they are said out loud. Words perpetuate myths and paint a picture for everyone to see. Society cannot expect to use negative language to describe individuals and not consider the impact words have on those individuals.

Below are two graphics describing neurodiversity, I know which words I use. Where do you fall?

Published by OutsideTheBoxHelen

Hi, I’m Helen this I am autistic, ADD & part of a neurodivergent family. I am also an academic in Autism research and a teacher. This is my blog about my journey through life while being an ‘outside the box’ person; sharing real life experiences, poetry and academic research on neurodivergence.

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