The William & Mary Neurodiversity course we are doing Nov 8-9 at the Washington DC campus is now APA approved for 10 continuing ed credits
— John Elder Robison (@johnrobison) October 22, 2014
As can be seen by this tweet, the american psychological association has encouraged this inane philosophy that states that autism is not a disorder or disease (or even a disability according to some proponents) but an alternative form of brain wiring which can be completely or largely resolved with accommodations. What is even more bizarre is that a course taught by a high school dropout (at least as one of the teachers) is approved for continuing ed credit if you want to remain a licensed clinical psychologist.
I can't believe how outrageous this is. To me the term "neurodiversity" is just as offensive as the term "retard" is. It is a slap in the face to people on the spectrum and their loved ones who really suffer from this disability, unlike Robison who has stated that in spite of having an autism/asperger's diagnosis he has no disability of any kind. I hope that at some point the day will come where others are just as offended by this term as I am and the ND movement is censured by the government and organizations that should be trying to do things to help autistic people rather than trivializing it and insulting those of us who suffer from this affliction. I hope that at some point when people hear this foul word, they will be just as offended as hearing "retard" or the N word for a black person or the F word for a gay person.