neurodiversity

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neuro- +‎ diversity, attributed to Australian social scientist Judy Singer. The citation below from September 30, 1998 is believed to be the earliest published use of the term.

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neurodiversity (uncountable)

  1. The variety of configurations of the brain, especially with regard to autism.
    • 1998, Harvey Blume, “Neurodiversity”, in The Atlantic:
      Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will prove best at any given moment? Cybernetics and computer culture, for example, may favor a somewhat autistic cast of mind.

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