From the website of the Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical.
More and more, people with Asperger’s syndrome – a form of autism often marked by an intense interest in a single subject – are referring to the rest of us as “Neurotypicals,” or N.T. for short.
Amy Harmon wrote a fascinating piece in last Sunday’s New York Times about this issue, as well as the explosion of interest in the many variants of autism now being more and more frequently diagnosed.
Last year, the Autistic Adults Picture project started, with a website where more and more people are putting up their pictures along with their professions and obsessions, and frequently their own homepages. Very interesting and absorbing.
In the Times story, Dr. John Ratey, a Harvard University psychiatrist, says, “For patients, being given a name and a biological basis for their difficulties represents a shift from a ‘moral diagnosis’ that centers on shame to a medical one.”
Ratey is the author of Shadow Syndromes, which argues that virtually all people have brain differences they need to be aware of to help guide them through life.
I don’t know how true that is, but I’m buying his book as soon as I wrap this post up.