The Term Neurodiversity Is Good, But Not Good Enough

A Personal Perspective: Words influence how we see and treat one another.
October 03, 2023

Twenty-five years ago this month, the word neurodiversity appeared in print in a September 1998 article in The Atlantic. Judy Singer, an Australian social scientist, introduced the word in reference to autism. In 2000, Kassiane Asasumasu, an activist for the neurodiversity movement, coined the term neurodivergent to refer to any person whose development was nontypical. Movements are more than words. Read More

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Introducing the Catalight Language Guideline

Words are important. In telling a person’s story, we want to make sure that person’s preference on how they’re portrayed is upheld. It’s necessary, however, to have a baseline direction for language use for articles, copywriting, news, presentations, social media and...

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