It’s more mainstream to have a hidden disability – as the Sunflower program is an example of. It’s no longer something you are institutionalized or put away for. It’s something people live with – some with considerable impacts others with less impact. And some people where it changes from day to day. Neurodiverse people have been here all along – when you look for it.
One of my favorite articles is Wired covered in 2001: The Geek Syndrome. 22 years ago. It’s especially prevalent in math, engineering, and computer science fields. Back then I met a company that had never had “someone like me”. But I’m sure they had their share as they recruited primarily among computer science master’s degrees. They could figure out support for the physically disabled – but never understood the neurodiverse. I learned to be very careful in disclosing my traits – even as a white male cis and highly educated person. I wonder what the experience would have been for a less privileged. Luckily things are generally improving. Recently I heard that the local computer science master’s program is updating its pedagogical approach to fit the students’ neurodivergence. Finally! Those fields have had neurodivergent people for at least the last 30 years.
disabilities can be permanent, temporary, or situational, and many times, they are not even visibleThe Case for Accessibility https://devblogs.microsoft.com/xamarin/the-journey-to-accessible-apps/
I read recently that the autism diagnosis criteria are when neurotypical struggle and are under stress. To me, the diagnosis is mostly an evaluation of behavior. Any person can struggle with social cues, executive functioning, etc. especially when a person is stressed. Similar to the Microsoft accessibility chart (quoted above) a disability can be permanent or temporary. To some, it’s an identity, and to others a trait. We are people. I was officially diagnosed around 10 years ago when my oldest got his and the youngest was heading for one too. I had had the traits since childhood – and I have been here all along. I have found the strength and inspiration to be more open about it from Rosie, Kris, Katrine, Thomas, and Rachel. Thank you 🙏🌻