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Neurodiversity is both a concept and a civil rights movement.
In its broadest usage, it is a philosophy of social acceptance and equal opportunity for all individuals regardless of their neurology. The term is often used in reference to an ongoing campaign to end prejudice and discrimination against the autistic population. Some autistic children develop speech at a later age than other children, reflecting differences in language processing, which may include advanced written language abilities.
For about the past half-century, mainstream society has portrayed autistics as tragically defective, lacking even self-awareness and the capacity for basic emotions. As a result of this horrific stereotype, many small children, some as young as 2 or 3 years old, have been placed in abusive institutions or abusive behavior modification programs. Dangerous antipsychotic medications are often prescribed for autistic children, although autism is not a psychosis. In the schools, autistic children often are segregated into separate classrooms. Their parents are likely to be told that they will never be able to hold a job, live independently, marry, or have families of their own (although many autistics have done all these things). There are still doctors who recommend sterilization of autistic children. Donations are routinely solicited for autism genetic studies, which include prenatal screening eugenics research.
As with other prejudices, the way to put an end to the mistreatment of autistics is to confront it by raising public awareness of the civil rights issues. In support of this effort, the Ventura33 Fanfiction Universe hosts a collection of neurodiversity-themed stories. From June 2005 through June 2008, a new round of stories each year addressed the issue of social attitudes toward autistic characters or others with unusual neurology in the Star Trek universe. The stories have been posted below for your reading pleasure.
First Round Stories, June 2005
Cultural Evaluation by underground aspergian
Please do not be next by Sir Rich
Enough by tangerrine
Lost Years by Abbey
What Makes the Best Pilot by yannik
We Were Not Always Thus by Julia
Second Round Stories, June 2006
Timeshift by Lindadiva
The Waking Man by Wildcat (external link)
Deliciously Different by Garnet
A Glass of Synthohol by Ventura33
Constructing Genocide by abfh
Third Round Stories, June 2007
The Kafka Syndrome by Susan Graham
Disillusioned by Madeleine
Home, Chapter 26 by Ke Roth
The Weight of a Soul by Ventura33
A Place I Like to Go by Ed
Fourth Round Stories, June 2008
Sarina by Little Tanuki
Mr. Twiddle by Jonathan Mitchell
In and Out of Days by Ventura33
Portrait of the artist in black and white by Bev Harp
In Memoriam -- Katherine "Katie" McCarron