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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
Post-TOS, Spock, rated PG

Another Look by Ventura33
TNG, LaForge, Barclay, rated PG
(This is a companion piece to a previously written Barclay story, Letting Down the Race.)

Please do not be next by Sir Rich
Series unspecified, rated PG

Enough by tangerrine
New Frontier series, rated PG

Lost Years by Abbey
VOY, Torres, Miral, OC, rated PG

What Makes the Best Pilot by yannik
VOY, Paris, rated PG

We Were Not Always Thus by Julia
TOS, Kara, rated PG

Second Round Stories, June 2006

Timeshift by Lindadiva
TNG/X-Men 3 crossover, Picard, rated PG

The Waking Man by Wildcat (external link)
TOS/TNG, Spock, Sarek, rated PG-13

Deliciously Different by Garnet
Series unspecified, rated G

A Glass of Synthohol by Ventura33
DS9, Bashir, rated PG

Constructing Genocide by abfh
Series unspecified, rated PG

Third Round Stories, June 2007

The Kafka Syndrome by Susan Graham
Pre-TOS, original character, rated PG

Disillusioned by Madeleine
ENT, T'Pol, Tucker, drabble, rated PG

Home, Chapter 26 by Ke Roth
Post-TNG, B-4 and original characters, rated PG

The Weight of a Soul by Ventura33
VOY, Neelix & Samantha Wildman, rated PG

A Place I Like to Go by Ed
Series unspecified, rated G

Fourth Round Stories, June 2008

Sarina by Little Tanuki
DS9, Sarina, rated PG

Mr. Twiddle by Jonathan Mitchell
Series unspecified, rated PG-13 (contains vulgar language)

In and Out of Days by Ventura33
DS9, O'Brien and family, rated PG

Portrait of the artist in black and white by Bev Harp
Series unspecified, rated G

In Memoriam -- Katherine "Katie" McCarron
A beautiful, precious, and happy little girl
Murdered for being autistic, May 13, 2006