is in its early development
I have decided to keep this website running by posting most of the past information about ‘Neurodiversity International’, as well as links on what it means, news, campaigns, health and social care, living and education, and so on… Because well, not only do I think it’s really interesting, but I feel that other people would enjoy this too.
NDI was in its early development. They worked on their constitution and developing a mission statement about their values and intent.
NDI is a user group aiming to campaign around issues to do with neurodiversity and mental health issues.
This is part of the ‘Real’ Mental Health Action Group. They emphasized this because so many other groups have effectively sold out their ‘campaigning’ voices and become ‘service-providers’ and the like, at great expense of ‘grassroots voices’, where they where formed and grounded in ‘their’ history.
Neurodiversity International wants to keep a campaigning edge in a challenge to the many Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and/or User-Led Organizations (ULOs) who have sold out, like many of the ‘Charities’, selling-off their so-called grassroots constitutional practice values and ethics on the cheap which has led to a ‘divide and rule’ (a split) within the ‘grassroots’ Disabled People’s movement, just as Vic Finklestein warned them all would happen.
NDI, together with their allies, wanted to reclaim this ‘campaigning’ ground, within their history, and focus on education and action of different types, including non-violent protest, to make a real difference for reclaiming their movements, under the banner ‘Nothing About Us, Without Us’.
They worked for the continuing struggle for full inclusive living, social and economic justice and basic human rights and civil liberties.
Below, I have posted quite a few links which include some more information on what I have found on wayback machine, such as nutrition and behavior, health and social care, living and education and many more…
Sometimes we take all that we have for granted but not until we see what other have to go through that we have to think again. I used to think that it was like my right to a full and strong body but that was not it; I could have been disabled but thank goodness that was not the case. I went to school with Simon Johns who was such a special friend not because we played together or did lots of stuff with him but because of his special needs. Simon had autism since his childhood but his parents wanted him to have just a normal life just like the rest of us.
He had communication problems and he would struggle to make relationships. I understood his condition and tried as much as possible to be there for him to ease his difficulties. While other students laughed him, I stuck around and defended him in every way. When his parents finally decided to take him to a special school, I was left lonely but what I had learned about such conditions lived to change my life forever. That is when my desire to work for the welfare of the handicapped took its roots and I never regret a thing.
What is Neurodiversity International?
From my life experience with Simon, something started within me and I have always wanted equality for all kinds of people. Those we call handicapped have been poorly treated and given lesser opportunities than the rest of us. It is even more unfair in those who have neuro-problems. Neurodiversity International is a life conscious movement that can be traced back to 1993. It all began with an exploration on what many disabled people go through. It has since grown into a global popularity and many people have joined it.
I got introduced to it by my friend who had been on their campaigns for such a long time. He told me what they do and I expressed my enthusiasm about being part of the team. My wish was granted and in a short while I was on a job that I wanted since I met Simon at my junior school. It has now been 2 years and I have learned to love and appreciate others the way they are. No one is incapable of what another can do and this is what I preach to my friends and family.
What we do
Technology has been such a powerful tool that has brought a revolution to the way we do our jobs. The internet has been specifically helpful in spreading positivity around mental and neurons impairment. We create public awareness events, like breast cancer as well for instance, around different towns and we give attendants a view of what it is like to be in the other person’s shoes.
There has been considerable improvement on the entire issue and today you are seeing better days around the matter. People with special needs are getting jobs just like the normal pack and it so satisfying to know that I have been part of such a transformation. It has not been such an easy work to be involved in since most of the ‘normal’ people still show disrespect to those who have special needs.
Another area of our job description is ensuring social care to those who need it. We empower families that have members with conditions like autism. We encourage exercise and proper diet which can help such people in fighting the different situations they may find themselves in. Education is another area that we underscore since it not only enlightens the lives of the disabled but also gives them an equitable platform to lead close to normal lives.
What it feels like to be in this movement
Every time I wake up, I know that it is another day to make someone happy and love their life. My routine day is all about creating awareness among the masses not only to treat the unfortunate group fairly but to give them the same opportunities just like them. They are capable but only what they need is patience and understanding and that is what our international movement does every day.
There is a justified feeling in me knowing that a better world is just in our grasp if all people understood each other despite our physical and psychological endowment.